On the Causes of Effects
just in case you read this post in time, Professor Stephen E. Fienberg, from Carnegie Mellon University, will give a talk entitled On the Causes of Effects (see the abstract below) this afternoon at CREST, as part of the PhD students’ seminar (as mentionned by Xian). Room 28 at 4 pm. He gave this talk on Tuesday at the Seminar of philosophy of mathematics at Université Paris Diderot. Steve also gave an OFPR lecture at CREST earlier last month, The Analysis of Cross-Classified Categorical Data.
Abstract : While much of science is concerned with the effects of causes, relying upon evidence accumulated from randomized experiments and observational studies, the problem of inferring the causes of effects arises in many practical policy and legal contexts. Discussions of the two concepts, “the effects of causes” and “the causes of effects,” go far back in the philosophical literature. I review the two concepts and how they are related, and I discuss some statistical aspects of inferring the causes of effects through a series of examples.