Causal Discovery from Population-Based Infant Birth and Death Records

Subramani Mani and Gregory F. Cooper, University of Pittsburgh

The most useful explanation of a phenomenon is of- ten a description of the underlying causal processes (Salmon 1998). This is particularly true in the domain of medicine where identification of the causal factors of a disease in uence treatment planning and develop- ment ofintervention strategies for disease prevention and control. The study described here focuses on causal discovery from observational data related to infant mor- tality in the United States.

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