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Paper No. 10-11

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E Riccomagno, JQ Smith and P Thwaites

Algebraic discrete causal models

Abstract: The main feature of the paper is to show that Algebraic Statistics is a natural framework to address issues of causality and to help discern a total cause. Indeed identifiability of an effect of a cause in discrete models is almost algebraic rather than graphical in nature. It is useful to think of it as such and it leads to the definition of a large class of discrete models which comprises popular ones.

Keywords: Causality, Algebraic Statistics, Identifiability.