Mechanisms play an important role in many sciences when it comes to questions concerning explanation, prediction, and control. Answering such questions in a quantitative way requires a formal representation of mechanisms. Gebharter’s “A Formal Framework for Representing Mechanisms?” suggests to represent mechanisms by means of arrows in an acyclic causal net. In this article we show how this approach can be extended in such a way that it can also be fruitfully applied to mechanisms featuring causal feedback.
A modeling approach for mechanisms featuring causal cycles / Gebharter, Alexander; Schurz, Gerhard. - In: PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE. - ISSN 0031-8248. - 83:5(2016), pp. 934-945. [10.1086/687876]