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Causal inference is the process of drawing a conclusion about a [2] The science of why things occur is called etiology.
Inferring the cause of something has been described as
Epidemiological studies employ different epidemiological methods of collecting and measuring evidence of risk factors and effect and different ways of of measuring association between the two. A hypothesis is formulated, and then tested with statistical methods (see Statistical hypothesis testing). It is statistical inference that helps decide if data are due to chance, also called random variation, or indeed correlated and if so how strongly.
Common frameworks for causal inference are structural equation modeling and the Rubin causal model.
Bradford Hill criteria, described in 1965^{[5]} have been used to assess causality of variables outside microbiology, although even these criteria are not exclusive ways to determine causality.
In molecular epidemiology the phenomena studied are on a molecular biology level, including genetics, where biomarkers are evidence of cause or effects.
A recent trend is to identify evidence for influence of the exposure on molecular pathology within diseased tissue or cells, in the emerging interdisciplinary field of molecular pathological epidemiology (MPE). Linking the exposure to molecular pathologic signatures of the disease can help to assess causality. Considering the inherent nature of heterogeneity of a given disease, the unique disease principle, disease phenotyping and subtyping are trends in biomedical and public health sciences, exemplified as personalized medicine and precision medicine.
Determination of cause and effect from joint observational data for two time-independent variables, say X and Y, has been tackled using asymmetry between evidence for some model in the directions, X → Y and Y → X. One idea is to incorporate an independent noise term in the model to compare the evidences of the two directions.
Here are some of the noise models for the hypothesis Y → X with the noise E:
The common assumption in these models are:
On an intuitive level, the idea is that the factorization of the joint distribution P(Cause,Effect) into P(Cause)*P(Effect | Cause) typically yields models of lower total complexity than the factorization into P(Effect)*P(Cause | Effect). Although the notion of “complexity” is intuitively appealing, it is not obvious how it should be precisely defined.^{[9]}
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