STA 640: Causal Inference

Fan Li

Department of Statistical Science, Duke University

  • Meeting times Spring 2024. Tuesday and Thursday 1:25-2:40pm, Old Chem 201.
  • Instructor Fan Li, Statistical Science, Email: fl35@duke.edu. Office hours (Old Chem 122): Thursday 10-11am; Friday 2:30-3:30pm
  • Teaching Assistant Yueqi Guo (yueqi.guo@duke.edu): Monday 12noon -1pm; Hao Wang, hao.wang@duke.edu, Wednesday 12:30-1:30pm. All TA office hours will be in Old Chem 203B.
  • Textbooks No specific textbook, mostly based on the lecture notes and many papers. I highly recommend to read Peng Ding's textbook [A first course in causal inference], which follows a similar structure as the course, but with more content, details and rigorous proofs.
  • Evaluation Six problem sets and a final project. HWs are posted on Canvas.
  • Final Project Two options: (1) Conduct an independent project on causal inference, which can be theory, method or application; (2) Review two papers on a topic of your choice that is related to the material covered in the class. In both cases, you need to write a 5-page (max) report, make slides, and upload a 5-min lightening talk.
  • Statements (1) The material presented in the lecture notes reflect my own view and knowledge of the vast field of causal inference, which is by no means complete. All mistakes are mine. (2) If you use part of the material posted here for teaching or lecturing, please give proper acknowledgement. (3) The lecture notes will be periodically updated to reflect the trend of the field.
  • Acknowledgements I am grateful to Peng Ding, Alan Zaslavsky, Laine Thomas, Joey Antonelli, Fabrizia Mealli, Alessandra Mattei, Constantine Frangakis, and Georgia Papadogeorgou for sharing valuable ideas and material. In particular, I thank Fan Li at Yale Biostatistics (no joking, we have the same name :)) for writing parts of the slides on several lectures, including those on covariate adjustment, double-robust estimators, sensitivity analysis, and sequential treatments.
  • Lecture Notes

    Labs (more to be added)