[R] Scatterplot and Causality

Lorenzo Isella lorenzo.isella at gmail.com
Mon Apr 22 22:15:58 CEST 2013

On Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:27:05 +0200, Robert Baer <rbaer at atsu.edu> wrote:

> It strikes me that this is not a particularly productive approach to  
> causality, particularly in an observational setting.  You would need to  
> design an experiment where you had a known manipulation of an  
> explanatory variable and studied the change in a response variable, and  
> then, you came back with the roles  reversed.  I don't think R or indeed  
> any statistical package can help you here.

I certainly agree, but here we are not planning an experiment: we have  
some data sets that were collected having something totally different in  
mind and we wonder if we can extract any info about causality from them.


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