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Towards a Definition of Primary Cause in Hybrid Dynamic Domains


Published onMay 27, 2024
Towards a Definition of Primary Cause in Hybrid Dynamic Domains


The notion of primary cause of an effect or outcome can be defined as the immediate reason behind the outcome, representing the phenomenon --action or event in a dynamic framework-- that is directly responsible for bringing about the effect. When causal analysis is done relative to an observed effect and an observed history of actions or events, this is further categorised as actual or token-level primary cause.

While there has been a lot of work on actual primary as well as indirect causes in discrete dynamic domains, very few studies address causation in hybrid dynamic domains, that is dynamic systems where change can be both discrete and continuous. Building on recent progress, in this paper we propose a first definition of primary cause in a hybrid action-theoretic framework. Our proposal is set within a hybrid variant of the situation calculus. We show that our formalization has some basic intuitive properties.

Article ID: 2024L7         

Month: May

Year: 2024

Address: Online

Venue: The 37th Canadian Conference on Artificial Intelligence

Publisher: Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association


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