Characterizing Common Cause Closed Probability Spaces

Philosophy of Science 78 (3):393-409 (2011)
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A probability space is common cause closed if it contains a Reichenbachian common cause of every correlation in it and common cause incomplete otherwise. It is shown that a probability space is common cause incomplete if and only if it contains more than one atom and that every space is common cause completable. The implications of these results for Reichenbach's Common Cause Principle are discussed, and it is argued that the principle is only falsifiable if conditions on the common cause are imposed that go beyond the requirements formulated by Reichenbach in the definition of common cause.



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Miklós Rédei
London School of Economics
Zalan Gyenis
Jagiellonian University

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