Causal learning without DAGs

David Duvenaud, Daniel Eaton, Kevin Murphy, Mark Schmidt
; Proceedings of Workshop on Causality: Objectives and Assessment at NIPS 2008, PMLR 6:177-190, 2010.

Abstract

Causal learning methods are often evaluated in terms of their ability to discover a true underlying directed acyclic graph (DAG) structure. However, in general the true structure is unknown and may not be a DAG structure. We therefore consider evaluating causal learning methods in terms of predicting the effects of interventions on unseen test data. Given this task, we show that there exist a variety of approaches to modeling causality, generalizing DAG-based methods. Our experiments on synthetic and biological data indicate that some non-DAG models perform as well or better than DAG-based methods at causal prediction tasks.

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BibTeX
@InProceedings{pmlr-v6-duvenaud10a, title = {Causal learning without DAGs}, author = {David Duvenaud and Daniel Eaton and Kevin Murphy and Mark Schmidt}, booktitle = {Proceedings of Workshop on Causality: Objectives and Assessment at NIPS 2008}, pages = {177--190}, year = {2010}, editor = {Isabelle Guyon and Dominik Janzing and Bernhard Schölkopf}, volume = {6}, series = {Proceedings of Machine Learning Research}, address = {Whistler, Canada}, month = {12 Dec}, publisher = {PMLR}, pdf = {http://proceedings.mlr.press/v6/duvenaud10a/duvenaud10a.pdf}, url = {http://proceedings.mlr.press/v6/duvenaud10a.html}, abstract = {Causal learning methods are often evaluated in terms of their ability to discover a true underlying directed acyclic graph (DAG) structure. However, in general the true structure is unknown and may not be a DAG structure. We therefore consider evaluating causal learning methods in terms of predicting the effects of interventions on unseen test data. Given this task, we show that there exist a variety of approaches to modeling causality, generalizing DAG-based methods. Our experiments on synthetic and biological data indicate that some non-DAG models perform as well or better than DAG-based methods at causal prediction tasks.} }
Endnote
%0 Conference Paper %T Causal learning without DAGs %A David Duvenaud %A Daniel Eaton %A Kevin Murphy %A Mark Schmidt %B Proceedings of Workshop on Causality: Objectives and Assessment at NIPS 2008 %C Proceedings of Machine Learning Research %D 2010 %E Isabelle Guyon %E Dominik Janzing %E Bernhard Schölkopf %F pmlr-v6-duvenaud10a %I PMLR %J Proceedings of Machine Learning Research %P 177--190 %U http://proceedings.mlr.press %V 6 %W PMLR %X Causal learning methods are often evaluated in terms of their ability to discover a true underlying directed acyclic graph (DAG) structure. However, in general the true structure is unknown and may not be a DAG structure. We therefore consider evaluating causal learning methods in terms of predicting the effects of interventions on unseen test data. Given this task, we show that there exist a variety of approaches to modeling causality, generalizing DAG-based methods. Our experiments on synthetic and biological data indicate that some non-DAG models perform as well or better than DAG-based methods at causal prediction tasks.
RIS
TY - CPAPER TI - Causal learning without DAGs AU - David Duvenaud AU - Daniel Eaton AU - Kevin Murphy AU - Mark Schmidt BT - Proceedings of Workshop on Causality: Objectives and Assessment at NIPS 2008 PY - 2010/02/18 DA - 2010/02/18 ED - Isabelle Guyon ED - Dominik Janzing ED - Bernhard Schölkopf ID - pmlr-v6-duvenaud10a PB - PMLR SP - 177 DP - PMLR EP - 190 L1 - http://proceedings.mlr.press/v6/duvenaud10a/duvenaud10a.pdf UR - http://proceedings.mlr.press/v6/duvenaud10a.html AB - Causal learning methods are often evaluated in terms of their ability to discover a true underlying directed acyclic graph (DAG) structure. However, in general the true structure is unknown and may not be a DAG structure. We therefore consider evaluating causal learning methods in terms of predicting the effects of interventions on unseen test data. Given this task, we show that there exist a variety of approaches to modeling causality, generalizing DAG-based methods. Our experiments on synthetic and biological data indicate that some non-DAG models perform as well or better than DAG-based methods at causal prediction tasks. ER -
APA
Duvenaud, D., Eaton, D., Murphy, K. & Schmidt, M.. (2010). Causal learning without DAGs. Proceedings of Workshop on Causality: Objectives and Assessment at NIPS 2008, in PMLR 6:177-190

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