Causal reasoning about quantities

Kenneth D. Forbus*, Dedre Gentner

*Corresponding author for this work

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Causality plays an important role in human thinking. Yet we are far from having a complete account of causal reasoning. This paper presents an analysis of causal reasoning about changes in quantities. We abstract from AI theories of qualitative physics three dimensions along which causal reasoning about quantities may be decomposed. We then use this framework to make some psychological predictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReadings in Qualitative Reasoning About Physical Systems
PublisherElsevier Inc
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)1558600957, 9781483214474
StatePublished - Sep 17 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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