Accession Number:

ADA614055

Title:

In Defense of Unification (Comments on West and Koch's review of Causality)

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

CALIFORNIA UNIV LOS ANGELES DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2014-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

A new review of my book Causality Pearl, 2009 has appeared in the Journal of Structural Equation Modeling SEM, authored by Stephen West and Tobias Koch W-K West and Koch 2014. I nd the main body of the review quite informative, and I thank the reviewers for taking the time to give SEM readers an accurate summary of each chapter, as well as a lucid description of the key ideas that tie the chapters together. However, when it comes to accepting the logical conclusions of the book, the reviewers seem reluctant, and tend to cling to traditions that lack the language, tools and unifying perspective to bene t from the chapters reviewed. The reluctance culminates in the following paragraph We value Pearls framework and his efforts to show that other frameworks can be translated into his approach. Nevertheless we believe that there is much to be gained by also considering the other major approaches to causal inference. W-K seem to value my efforts toward unification, but not the unification itself, and we are not told whether they doubt the validity of the unification, or whether they doubt its merits. Or do they accept the merits and still see much to be gained by pre-unification traditions If so, what is it that can be gained by those traditions and why cant these gains be achieved within the unified framework presented in Causality

Subject Categories:

  • Numerical Mathematics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE