Explaining Correlations by Partitions

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Foundations of Physics, ISSN: 0015-9018, Vol: 45, Issue: 12, Page: 1599-1612

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Stergiou, Chrysovalantis
Springer Nature; Springer US
Physics and Astronomy
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In this paper two accounts of Reichenbachian common cause systems are compared. Examples are provided which show that Hofer-Szabó and Rédei (Int J Theor Phys 43:1819–1826, 2004) account and Hofer-Szabó et al. (The principle of the common cause, 2013) account is compatible, with but not equivalent, to Mazzola’s (Found Phys 42:512–523, 2012). Moreover, the difference of the two accounts with respect to their explanatory adequacy is discussed, in the light of Salmon’s statistical-relevance approach to statistical explanation.