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Brit. J. Phil. Sci. 56 (2005), 791807 Scientific Coherence and the

Summary: Brit. J. Phil. Sci. 56 (2005), 791807
Scientific Coherence and the
Fusion of Experimental Results
David Danks
A pervasive feature of the sciences, particularly the applied sciences, is an
experimental focus on a few (often only one) possible causal connections. At the
same time, scientists often advance and apply relatively broad models that incorporate
many different causal mechanisms. We are naturally led to ask whether there are
normative rules for integrating multiple local experimental conclusions into models
covering many additional variables. In this paper, we provide a positive answer to this
question by developing several inference rules that use local causal models to
place constraints on the integrated model, given quite general assumptions. We also
demonstrate the practical value of these rules by applying them to a case study from
1 Experimental scope in applied sciences
2 Fusing the results of experiments
3 A concrete example of the inference rules
4 Application to a case study
1 Experimental scope in applied sciences


Source: Andrews, Peter B. - Department of Mathematical Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University


Collections: Mathematics