From Correlation to Causation through stories and math

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

Last day at MathWorks

Yesterday was my last day at MathWorks. After working there for about three years and three months, I decided to leave the company to pursue my masters program that is scheduled to start in the third week of this month.

Before leaving, I had a chance to catch up with people that I have interacted with in the past. Many wished me all the best for my future endeavour. Meera and Sreeranj put up a Kudoboard and invited people to write in it.

As Meera suggested, I could work on making HexHoot to make it a good tool to visualize 3D agent based simulations, which she could use to showcase stuffs in the aerospace domain.


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