Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Logical Fallacy: Confusion of Association With Causation

Confusing association with causation is similar to the post-hoc fallacy. This fallacy is often used to give a statistical correlation a causal interpretation. A corollary to this is the invocation of this logical fallacy to argue that an association does not represent causation; rather it is more accurate to say that correlation does not necessarily mean causation, but it can.

Also, multiple independent correlations can point reliably to a causation, and is a reasonable line of argument.

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