Why: A Guide to Finding and Using Causes

Why A Guide to Finding and Using Causes Can drinking coffee help people live longer What makes a stock s price go up Why did you get the flu Causal questions like these arise on a regular basis but most people likely have not thought deepl

  • Title: Why: A Guide to Finding and Using Causes
  • Author: Samantha Kleinberg
  • ISBN: 9781491949641
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Paperback
  • Can drinking coffee help people live longer What makes a stock s price go up Why did you get the flu Causal questions like these arise on a regular basis, but most people likely have not thought deeply about how to answer them.This book helps you think about causality in a structured way What is a cause, what are causes good for, and what is compelling evidence of causCan drinking coffee help people live longer What makes a stock s price go up Why did you get the flu Causal questions like these arise on a regular basis, but most people likely have not thought deeply about how to answer them.This book helps you think about causality in a structured way What is a cause, what are causes good for, and what is compelling evidence of causality Author Samantha Kleinberg shows you how to develop a set of tools for thinking critically about causes You ll learn how to question claims, identify causes, make decisions based on causal information, and verify causes through further tests.Whether it s figuring out what data you need, or understanding that the way you collect and prepare data affects the conclusions you can draw from it, Why will help you sharpen your causal inference skills.

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    1. Intuitively, we think we understand what constitutes a cause of a particular outcome and how we would go about finding causes to explain an observed event. But when you think you have a defined a general principle about causality, you immediately are confronted with exceptions. Early on, Kleinberg proposes a good, even if imperfect, definition of a cause: "something that makes an effect more likely, without which an effect would or could not occur, or that is capable of producing an effect under [...]

    2. The best explanation on why answering why is so hardSince I was a little kid I always wanted to know the “why” behind everything. And the answers adults gave me, and still give me were often insufficient. It turns out finding the causes behind the events we see in the world is a hard problem. Even today, on the XXI we do not have scientific consensus on what causality itself is. This book is a great first step towards understanding that the world is way more complex than we typically want to [...]

    3. The phrase "correlation is not causation" is one of the most famous phrases in the world of statistics, and science: anyone who did a bit amount of reading will complete the sentence before you can finish saying the second word.But if correlation is not causation, then what on earth is causation? Or, is it even possible to have causation without correlation? The questions sound dead simple, yet they have such depth and importance that researchers are still trying to come up with explanations and [...]

    4. UsefulUseful book to understand correlation is not causation. The reference stories are too lengthy at best but the relevance of the academic components are good

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