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

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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!...

Dec 28, 2017

I really enjoyed this course, the pace could be more even in parts. Sometimes the pace could be more even and some more books/reference material for further study would be nice.

Nov 30, 2017

The material is great. Just wished the professor was more active in the discussion forum. Have not showed up in the forum for weeks. At least there should be a TA or something.

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By Mateusz K

•Dec 07, 2018

I enjoyed the course and learned basics of causal inference. What I missed was more exercises with R in order to gain more practical understanding of the material. In particular, it would be great to have exercises where you get some dataset and your task is to calculate given causal effect and you need to come up with an approach and to execute it. This would mimic more closely problems that you encounter in practice.

By Ruixuan Z

•Jun 23, 2019

Some of the materials are bit academical and away from industry, however, I found most of the materials relevant and practical.

By Vikram M

•May 30, 2019

Good introductory course. I wish there were more quizzes (at least another 2 more), testing our knowledge of various formulae for computing IPTW (inverse probability of treatment weights), ITT (intent to treat) and at least one more lab in R

By Francisco P

•May 30, 2019

Hard to understand

By Leihua Y

•May 12, 2019

Over all, this course is extremely helpful for students who are interested in causal inference of observational data. It provides a rather comprehensive list of methods and techniques that we could use to disentangle causal effects, provided with ample supply of exercises and tests. Highly recommended! Will definitely take other courses on similar topics with the same instructor.

By Xisco B

•May 05, 2019

Very interesting studies.

By Cameron F

•Apr 05, 2019

Good course on the over view of Causality. Not too technical, but not too light and fluffy.

By Wayne L

•Mar 17, 2019

Very easy to follow examples and great coverage for such an important topic! The delivery sometimes get repetitive and I wish we talked more about how the uncertainties are derived.

By Naiqiao H

•Feb 27, 2019

The course is very useful for beginners. The materials are clear and easy to understand.

By HEF

•Feb 19, 2019

The content is relaxing and easy to understand, yet extremely useful in real life when you are conducting experiments. The well designed quiz each week only takes a little time, but could help you to diagnose problems and remember the key points. I really love this course.

By Christopher R

•Feb 11, 2019

I thought this was a good overview and I'm glad I took the course, but I would have preferred more hands on programming assignments.

By Alejandro A P

•Dec 15, 2018

very good content. Story line is highly concise. However, Lecturer could be more stream-lined the the way of explaining. He sure is a skilled guy, however.

By Michael N

•Dec 09, 2018

Content was useful for understanding causal inference in a variety of situations. Presentation was sometimes slow even on double-speed. Lectures were generally structured from abstract to concrete, which was much harder to follow than if it were presented in english first and then made abstract (Mayer, 2009).

By Wei F

•Nov 25, 2018

This course is quite useful for me to get quick understanding of the causality and causal inference in epidemiologic studies. Thanks to Prof. Roy.

By Manuel F

•Oct 21, 2018

Interesting introductory course about causality. Good "compilation" in just 5 weeks.

Thanks!

By Bob K

•Oct 16, 2018

Well taught, easy to follow but potentially very important techniques

By Chris C

•Aug 29, 2018

Could use a bit more guidance on the projects, but overall a helpful course. Gets straight to the point.

By clancy b

•Aug 29, 2018

no nonsense, in depth and practical

By Patrick W D

•Jul 15, 2018

Excellent course. Could use a small restructuring, as I had to go through the material more than once, but otherwise, very good material and presentation.

By Akash G

•Jun 17, 2018

Amazing Course! Really Helpful. I would love to have a similar full-duration course :D

By Arka B

•May 31, 2018

gives thorough basic intro to causal inference

By Andrew

•May 16, 2018

This course is really fantastic for all levels. Very thorough explanations and helpful illustrations. Many thanks for putting this together!

By Manuel A V S

•May 06, 2018

I have an economics background and during my undergraduate studies I took several statistics and econometric courses. The contents delivered in this course complemented my knowledge very well from another point of view. I would definitely enjoy a more advanced course dealing with other methods. The only aspect I would improve is providing the slides for further study. Other courses in Coursera do this and, honestly, I often consult the slides.

By Ignacio S R

•Apr 30, 2018

The course is ok, but not having access to the slides is very annoying

By Vlad V

•Apr 20, 2018

One of the best courses in Coursera, Professor with lots of experience in a backpack show how to tackle very complex problem of causal inference. This is a topic every data analyst should know doesn't matter which industry you work or learn.

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