Abstract for: A Determination Framework for Causation vs Correlation

The field of system dynamics operates in causality. However, opaqueness surrounding the colloquial definition of “causal” can make the seemingly simple phrase “correlation does not imply causation” hard to interpret and a point of contention. When is data causal, and when is it correlational? We examine the problem through measurement theory, and offer a measurement-based definition and framework for determining causation.