Course Schedule - Spring Semester 2022

     

STAT 530 001 (CRN: 25769)

CAUSAL ANALYSIS

Long Title: CAUSAL ANALYSIS
Department: Statistics
Instructors:
Shaw, Chad A.
Renwick, Alexander
Meeting: 4:00PM - 5:15PM TR MXF 251 (10-JAN-2022 - 22-APR-2022) 
Session: Full Term
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Method of Instruction: Face to Face
Credit Hours: 3
Course Syllabus:
Course Materials: Rice Campus Store
 
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Section Max Enrollment: 30
Section Enrolled: 15
Enrollment data as of: 23-FEB-2024 10:31AM
 
Additional Fees: None
 
Final Exam: GR Course-Dept Schedules Exam
 
Description: Correlation is not causation, but what exactly is causation? In this course we will explore the framework statistical science has formalized to approach causation. We will examine the potential outcomes concept, counterfactual reasoning and directed acyclic graph (DAG) models. The course will cover key theorems and results in the field as well as practical estimation and inferential techniques. The course will address instrumental variables as well as exploratory use of causal methods for model building and design of studies. We will survey applications through case studies in various disciplines. After taking this course students will be able to construct causal models, estimate causal effects and distinguish what data are relevant and irrelevant for causal analysis. Students will also be introduced to software techniques using R. Recommended Prerequisite(s): The course is open to all graduate students, but students should be aware that this is a graduate level course in statistics. Students should be performing graduate level research in their respective fields and/or have a background in statistical inference and research methods.