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2nd Nordic-Baltic Biometric Conference,
10-12 June 2009, Tartu, Estonia

Pre-conference course
9-10 June, 2009

Causal Inference

Lecturer: Stijn Vansteelandt (University of Ghent, Belgium).

The course will be held on June 9th from 14:00 to 18:00 and on June 10th from 9:00 to 13:00.

Registration fee for the course (100 EUR for conference participants, 120 EUR for others) covers course materials, coffee breaks, dinner on June 9th and lunch on June 10th.

Recent developments in causal inference within the statistical and artificial intelligence literature have led to important new insights on how to address problems of confounding and selection bias in a wide variety of settings. The aim of this course is to review these developments and to provide state-of-the-art statistical solutions for dealing with these problems. The first half day of the course will focus on probabilistic graphical models to express causal background knowledge and on d-separation to assess whether a given data analysis suffers problems of confounding and selection bias and whether/how this can be accommodated. This part of the course will introduce the basic ideas, illustrate how graphical models can be used in a variety of settings and discuss more advanced identification results (G-computation). The second half day of the course will focus on statistical techniques to adjust for measured confounding. Specifically, we will discuss limitations of ordinary regression adjustment and focus on successful alternatives, such as inverse probability weighting estimators in marginal structural models and G-estimators. The motivating problem that will be discussed throughout the course will be that of inferring whether a given exposure has a direct effect on a given outcome other than through its influence on an intermediate variable.