Solving the Flagpole Problem
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In this paper I demonstrate that the causal structure of flagpole-like systems can be determined by application of causal graph theory. Additional information about the ordering of events in time or about how parameters of the systems of interest can be manipulated is not needed.
KeywordsCausality Causal inference Explanatory asymmetry
This work was supported by DFG, research unit Causation | Laws | Dispositions | Explanation (FOR 1063). My thanks go to Stathis Psillos as well as to two anonymous referees for their helpful comments and to my PhD advisor Gerhard Schurz for his great support. Thanks also to Christian J. Feldbacher and Alexander G. Mirnig for constructive criticism of an earlier version of the paper.
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