Testing Probabilistic Causality

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 234)


Probabilistic causality is related to the value of λ, the parameter of the predictive probability function elaborated by Gini, Johnson, and Carnap. Thus it is impossible to make estimates within Suppes’s theory of probabilistic causality. This causality can only be checked using tests of significance. Two examples of this are given. Some considerations about the corroboration of a probability law conclude the paper.


Monozygotic Twin Prima Facie Probabilistic Causality Twin Brother Maximum Entropy Distribution 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Istituto di StatisticaUniversità degli Studi di GenovaGenovaItaly

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