Artículos con la etiqueta ‘causalidad’

Bayesian Causal Induction

Por • 16 nov, 2011 • Category: Educacion

Discovering causal relationships is a hard task, often hindered by the need for intervention, and often requiring large amounts of data to resolve statistical uncertainty. However, humans quickly arrive at useful causal relationships. One possible reason is that humans use strong prior knowledge; and rather than encoding hard causal relationships, they encode beliefs over causal structures, allowing for sound generalization from the observations they obtain from directly acting in the world. In this work we propose a Bayesian approach to causal induction which allows modeling beliefs over multiple causal hypotheses and predicting the behavior of the world under causal interventions. We then illustrate how this method extracts causal information from data containing interventions and observations.

Causality in classical electrodynamics

Por • 20 may, 2011 • Category: Opinion

Causality in electrodynamics is a subject of some confusion, especially regarding the application of Faraday’s law and the Ampere-Maxwell law. This has led to the suggestion that we should not teach students that electric and magnetic fields can cause each other, but rather focus on charges and currents as the causal agents. In this paper I argue that fields have equal status as casual agents, and that we should teach this. Following a discussion of causality in classical physics I will use a numerical solution of Maxwell’s equations to inform a field based causal explanation in electrodynamics.