Clarifying the Use of Structural Models for Commonsense Causal Reasoning

Mark Hopkins and Judea Pearl

Recently, Halpern and Pearl proposed a definition of actual cause within the framework of structural models. In this paper, we explicate some of the assumptions underlying their definition, and re-evaluate the effectiveness of their account. We also briefly contemplate the suitability of structural models as a language for expressing subtle notions of commonsense causation.

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