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Arnaud Pocheville (University of Sydney, Australia), An Introduction to Measuring Causal Specificity

6 April | 14 h 30 min - 16 h 00 min

Abstract

Several authors have argued that causes differ in the degree to which they are ‘specific’ to their effects. Woodward has used this idea to enrich his influential interventionist the- ory of causal explanation. Here we propose a way to measure causal specificity using tools from information theory. We show that the specificity of a causal variable is not well de- fined without a probability distribution over the states of that variable. We demonstrate the tractability and interest of our proposed measure by measuring the specificity of coding DNA and other factors in a simple model of the production of mRNA.

Based on: , , , , , and , Measuring Causal Specificity, Philosophy of Science (2015).

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6 April
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14 h 30 min - 16 h 00 min
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Philosophy & Biology Seminar (Thomas Pradeu)

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Bordeaux Pellegrin Hospital, Imagerie Service, 1st floor
Place Amélie Raba Léon
Bordeaux, 33076 France
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