[R] Are there any R packages that can deduce causal relationship between variables?

zhihua li lzhtom at hotmail.com
Wed Mar 16 16:35:48 CET 2005

Hi netters.

Assume Y = {Y1,.....Yn} and X = {X1......Xm}, where Yi and Xi are random 
variables that can take on discrete values from V={0,1,2}.
Each Yi in Y has some (0-k) parent variables in X, which means given the 
values of the parent variables (Xi0....Xik) the values of Yi is set. Yi = 
F(Xi0,...Xik), where F is a mapping function from parents to sons.
Considering there are some noise in the data, we can put it in a 
probabilistic way: the parents and sons have the joint probability 
distribution P(Yi) = P(Yi|Xi0...Xik). 

Now I have a training dataset D, which includes a series of instances of Y 
and X.
For each Yi, I want to find its parent variables (Xi0...Xik) in X and the 
mapping function F so that in most cases Yi = F(Xi0,...Xik). 
In terms of probabilistics, I want to find the joint probability 
distribution  P(Yi|Xi0...Xik) , that best matches D.

I realized it's not a simple task. I've read papers describing how to solve 
this problem using Bayesian Networks. But it's way too difficult for me to 

So are there any R packages that can solve this problem in a neat way?

Thanks a lot!

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