Plenary 2: The Mathematics of Causal Inference: with Reflections on Machine Learning

Date

April 23, 2013

Speaker

Judea Pearl

Affiliation

UCLA

Overview

The development of graphical models and the logic of counterfactuals have had a marked effect on the way scientists treat problems involving cause-effect relationships. Practical problems requiring causal information, which long were regarded as either metaphysical or unmanageable can now be solved using elementary mathematics. Moreover, problems that were thought to be purely statistical, are beginning to benefit from analyzing their causal roots.