In statistics, we are used to search for the best predictors of some random variable. In many situations, however, we are interested in predicting a system's behavior under manipulations. For such an analysis, we require knowledge about the underlying causal structure of the system. In this course, we study concepts and theory behind causal inference.
MSc programme in Statistics
- causal models versus observational models
- observational distribution, intervention distribution, and counterfactuals
- graphical models and Markov conditions
- identifiability conditions for learning causal relations from observational and/or interventional data
- working with graphs and graphical models
- derivation of causal effects and predicting the result of interventional experiments
- performing variable adjustment for computing causal effects
- understanding of and ability to apply different methods for causal structure learning
- causal reasoning
- learning causal structure from data
4 hours lectures and 4 hours of exercises per week for 7 weeks.
See Absalon for a list of course literature.
Basic knowledge of probability theory (such as densities,
conditional independence, and conditional distributions) and
standard statistical tools (such as regression techniques and
tests); e.g., it suffices to have passed Sand, MatStat and
Statistics A (or courses that are equivalent to these courses;
e.g., Statistics A can be replaced by ModComp).
Basic knowledge of programming in R.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Oral examination25 minutes oral exam without preparation time. No aids allowed.
- Without aids
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
One internal examiner.
Criteria for exam assessment
The student must in a satisfactory way demonstrate that he/she has mastered the learning outcome of the course.
Single subject courses (day)
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
- Block 4
- No limit
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board of Mathematics and Computer Science
- Department of Mathematical Sciences
- Faculty of Science
- Jonas Martin Peters (12-6d7271647631736877687576437064776b316e7831676e)
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