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Causal Inference and Discovery in Python

By : Aleksander Molak
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Book Image

Causal Inference and Discovery in Python

4.7 (9)
By: Aleksander Molak

Overview of this book

Causal methods present unique challenges compared to traditional machine learning and statistics. Learning causality can be challenging, but it offers distinct advantages that elude a purely statistical mindset. Causal Inference and Discovery in Python helps you unlock the potential of causality. You’ll start with basic motivations behind causal thinking and a comprehensive introduction to Pearlian causal concepts, such as structural causal models, interventions, counterfactuals, and more. Each concept is accompanied by a theoretical explanation and a set of practical exercises with Python code. Next, you’ll dive into the world of causal effect estimation, consistently progressing towards modern machine learning methods. Step-by-step, you’ll discover Python causal ecosystem and harness the power of cutting-edge algorithms. You’ll further explore the mechanics of how “causes leave traces” and compare the main families of causal discovery algorithms. The final chapter gives you a broad outlook into the future of causal AI where we examine challenges and opportunities and provide you with a comprehensive list of resources to learn more. By the end of this book, you will be able to build your own models for causal inference and discovery using statistical and machine learning techniques as well as perform basic project assessment.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Part 1: Causality – an Introduction
Part 2: Causal Inference
Part 3: Causal Discovery

Wrapping it up

That was a lot of material! Congrats on reaching the end of Chapter 3!

In this chapter, we learned about the links between regression, observational data, and causal models. We started with a review of linear regression. After that, we discussed the concept of statistical control and demonstrated how it can lead us astray. We analyzed selected recommendations regarding statistical control and reviewed them from a causal perspective. Finally, we examined the links between linear regression and SCMs.

A solid understanding of the links between observational data, regression, and statistical control will help us move freely in the world of much more complex models, which we’ll start introducing in Part 2, Causal Inference.

We’re now ready to take a more detailed look at the graphical aspect of causal models. See you in the next chapter!