From Correlation to Causation through stories and math

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Correlation and causation are two concepts that people often mixup in their minds. I must admit that I myself have been guilty about this, and it unlikely that I would ever entirely grow out of it as it is wired deeply into our psychology. Let me use this article to briefly emphasise what the concepts of correlation and causation means, some interesting stories that have emerged from people misunderstanding these concepts and an algorithm that attempts to find causal relationship using correlation information. Here is a story that I heard a professor of mine, Prof. Dr. Ernst-Jan Camiel Wit, tell us during a lecture. There was a school that was involved in a study to see if providing free mid-day meals to students, which they could choose to be subscribed to this or not. At the end of the study, both the students who subscribed to it and did not where tested for different health indicators. It was observed that the students who chose to have meals from the programme had poorer health

Nine year anniversary for BuddyGo

It has been nine years since I bought the domain buddygo.net. Prior to buying a .net domain, I used to use a .tk domain as it was free. As I started this project during my childhood, it was hard for me to convince others to pay for this, but eventually, I saved up some money and did it. For a few years, I paid for the domain just for the sake of keeping the ownership.



As I have mentioned in one of the previous blog posts, BuddyGo started of as a social network. Later, I started a few blogs in different subdomains which turned out to have pretty high traffic. In the subsequent years, I had to take the project down for many reasons, the main one being my academics.

Bringing it back up as a blog, I believe, is a good decision that I made and I think I will keep on writing more posts.

Cheers!

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