Date of Original Version

8-2007

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Causal inferences about sparsely observed objects are often supported by causal schemata, or systems of abstract causal knowledge. We present a hierarchical Bayesian framework that learns simple causal schemata given only raw data as in- put. Given a set of objects and observations of causal events involving some of these objects, our framework simultaneously discovers the causal type of each object, the causal powers of these types, the characteristic features of these types, and the characteristic interactions between these types. Previous behavioral studies confirm that humans are able to discover causal schemata, and we show that our framework accounts for data collected by Lien and Cheng and Shanks and Darby

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Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.