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The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect by Judea Pearl, Dana Mackenzie

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A Turing Award-winning computer scientist and statistician shows how understanding causality has revolutionized science and will revolutionize artificial intelligence

"Correlation is not causation." This mantra, chanted by scientists for more than a century, has led to a virtual prohibition on causal talk. Today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution, instigated by Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and established causality -- the study of cause and effect -- on a firm scientific basis. His work explains how we can know easy things, like whether it was rain or a sprinkler that made a sidewalk wet; and how to answer hard questions, like whether a drug cured an illness. Pearl's work enables us to know not just whether one thing causes another: it lets us explore the world that is and the worlds that could have been. It shows us the essence of human thought and key to artificial intelligence. Anyone who wants to understand either needs The Book of Why.

 

Quotes and Reviews

"The Book of Why ... questions and redefines the building blocks of our AI systems"
--- theverge.com

 

"If causation is not correlation, then what is it? Thanks to Judea Pearl's epoch-making research, we now have a precise answer to this question. If you want to understand how the world works, this engrossing and delightful book is the place to start."

--- Pedro Domingos, professor of computer science, University of Washington, and author of The Master Algorithm

 

"Judea Pearl has been the heart and soul of a revolution in artificial intelligence and in computer science more broadly."

--- Eric Horvitz, Technical Fellow and Director, Microsoft Research Labs

 

"Pearl's accomplishments over the last 30 years have provided the theoretical basis for progress in artificial intelligence... and they have redefined the term 'thinking machine.'"

--- Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google, Inc.

 

"Have you ever wondered about the puzzles of correlation and causation? This wonderful book has illuminating answers and it is fun to read."

--- Daniel Kahneman, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional information

AUTHOR

Judea Pearl, Dana Mackenzie

ISBN

9781541698963

FORMAT

TRADE PAPERBACK

PAGE COUNT

432

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