In machine learning, there has been great progress in obtaining powerful predictive models, but these models rely on correlations between variables and do not allow for an understanding of the underlying mechanisms or how to intervene on the system for achieve a certain goal. The concepts of causality are fundamental to have levers for action, to formulate recommendations and to answer the following questions: "what would happen if » we had acted differently?
The questions of causal inference arise in many areas (socio-economics, politics, psychology, medicine, etc.): depending on the context which drug to use to improve the patient's health? what marketing strategy for product placement should be used to influence consumer buying behavior, etc. The formalism of causal inference makes it possible to study these questions as a problem of classical statistical inference. The gold standard for estimating the effect of treatment is a randomized controlled trial (RCT) which is, for example, mandatory for the authorization of new drugs in pharmaceutical and medical research. However, RCTs are generally very expensive in terms of time and financial costs, and in some areas such as economics or political science, it is often not possible to implement an RCT, for example to assess the effectiveness of a given policy.
The aim of this course is to present the available methods to perform causal inference from observational data. We focus on both the theoritical framework and practical aspects (available software solution).
Numerus Clausus : 30
Instructor: Julie Josse email@example.com
TA: Imke Mayer firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 3 february, 10 february, 24 february, 2 mars, 9 mars,
Monday 5:00-6:00 PM and by appointment
Grading – 2.5 ECTS:
Final project (100%)
It could be more practical with a data analysis or presentations based on recent research papers.
- The Neyman-Rubin potential outcome causal model for observational studies
- Matching, propensity scores
- Efficiency and double robustness, double machine learning
- Estimating treatment effect heterogeneity, learning decision rules
- Causal discovery : causal models, graphical models and markov conditions
Hernan, Miguel A., and James M. Robins. Causal Inference. Chapman & Hall/CRC
Imbens, Guido W., and Donald B. Rubin. Causal Inference in Statistics, Social, and Biomedical Sciences
Jonas Peters, Dominik Janzing, Bernhard Schölkopf. Elements of Causal Inference: Foundations and Learning Algorithms
Articles : A Survey of Learning Causality with Data: Problems and Methods
Guo, Ruocheng and Cheng, Lu and Li, Jundong and Hahn, P. Richard and Liu, Huan