A Crash Course in Causality: Inferring Causal Effects from Observational Data


    About this course: We have all heard the phrase “correlation does not equal causation.” What, then, does equal causation? This course aims to answer that question and more! Over a period of 5 weeks, you will learn how causal effects are defined, what assumptions about your data and models are necessary, and how to implement and interpret some popular statistical methods. Learners will have the opportunity to apply these methods to example data in R (free statistical software environment). At the end of the course, learners should be able to: 1. Define causal effects using potential outcomes 2. Describe the difference between association and causation 3. Express assumptions with causal graphs 4. Implement several types of causal inference methods (e.g. matching, instrumental variables, inverse probability of treatment weighting) 5. Identify which causal assumptions are necessary for each type of statistical method So join us…. and discover for yourself why modern statistical methods for estimating causal effects are indispensable in so many fields of study!

    Who is this class for: Familiarity with traditional statistical methods, such as regression models, and basic probability recommended. Familiarity with free statistical environment R recommended. Learners should successfully download R before starting the course.

    Created by:  University of Pennsylvania

    • Jason A. Roy, Ph.D.

      Taught by:  Jason A. Roy, Ph.D. , Associate Professor of Biostatistics

      Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics

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