Minimal sufficient causation and directed acyclic graphs
VanderWeele, Tyler J.
Robins, James M.
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CitationVanderWeele, Tyler J., and James M. Robins. 2009. “Minimal Sufficient Causation and Directed Acyclic Graphs.” The Annals of Statistics 37 (3): 1437–65. https://doi.org/10.1214/08-aos613.
AbstractNotions of minimal sufficient causation are incorporated within the directed acyclic graph causal framework. Doing so allows for the graphical representation of sufficient causes and minimal sufficient causes on causal directed acyclic graphs while maintaining all of the properties of causal directed acyclic graphs. This in turn provides a clear theoretical link between two major conceptualizations of causality: one counterfactual-based and the other based on a more mechanistic understanding of causation. The theory developed can be used to draw conclusions about the sign of the conditional covariances among variables.
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