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A DSEL for Studying and Explaining Causation

TitleA DSEL for Studying and Explaining Causation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsWalkingshaw, E., and M. Erwig
JournalElectronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science
Pagination143 - 167
Date Published09/2011

We present a domain-specific embedded language (DSEL) in Haskell that supports the philosophical study and practical explanation of causation. The language provides constructs for modeling situations comprised of events and functions for reliably determining the complex causal relationships that emerge between these events. It enables the creation of visual explanations of these causal relationships and a means to systematically generate alternative, related scenarios, along with corresponding outcomes and causes. The DSEL is based on neuron diagrams, a visual notation that is well established in practice and has been successfully employed for causation explanation and research. In addition to its immediate applicability by users of neuron diagrams, the DSEL is extensible, allowing causation experts to extend the notation to introduce special-purpose causation constructs. The DSEL also extends the notation of neuron diagrams to operate over non-boolean values, improving its expressiveness and offering new possibilities for causation research and its applications.

Short TitleElectron. Proc. Theor. Comput. Sci.EPTCS