Causal inference and discovery

by Prof. dr. Tom. M. Heskes
24th July 2020

Discovering causal relations from data lies at the heart of most scientific research today. In apparent contradiction with the adagio “correlation does not imply causation”, recent theoretical insights indicate that such causal knowledge can also be derived from purely observational data, instead of only from controlled experimentation. In the “big data” era, such observational data is abundant and being able to actually derive causal relationships would open up a wealth of opportunities for improving science, healthcare, and possibly predictive maintenance. In this talk, I will sketch how insights from statistics and machine learning may lead to novel approaches for robust discovery of relevant causal relationships.

The slides are available here.