Causal inference tries to quantify the effect of a change in $X$ on $Y$ whilst holding constant or eliminating all other relevant factors which might influence this relationship.

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Mahalanobis Distance Matching

When doing Mahalanobis matching to improve covariate balance for causual inference, how come if the treated units aren't subsampled only the control covariance matrix is used $S_c$ as opposed to the ...
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Why is using cross-sectional data to infer / predict longitudinal changes a Bad Thing?

I'm looking for a paper which I hope exists, but don't know if it does. It could be a set of case studies, and / or an argument from probability theory, about why using cross-sectional data to infer / ...
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What test is this for endogenous variables?

Can somebody tell me whether the following R code (for econometrics endogenous variables) is for a Hausman test, a Nakamura test, or some other test? ...
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How does one verify causation?

After we have shown that two quantities are correlated how do we infer that the relationship is causal? And furthermore which one causes what? Now in theory one can use a "random assignment" (whatever ...
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Is it okay to run CausalImpact in R on successive portions of a time series?

We’re doing some advertising tests with test and control groups very similar to the example in the Google Research Causal Impact publication except we’re doing state tests and not DMA. I just have a ...
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Under what conditions does correlation imply proximity to causation?

I've recently had an experience with the whole "correlation does not imply causation", which is certainly true as far as a true/false proposition is concerned, but which also seems to be used too ...
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Proving Causality with t-test/regression

Earlier today I was discussing statistical analysis software with a colleague of mine. My colleague had primarily used SPSS in previous work for performing t-tests, anovas, manovas, and other ...
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Clarification on ARDL/Unrestricted Error Correction Model

I have a few questions about unrestricted error correction models. The UECM for a model where $Y$ is the dependent variable and $x$ is the sole independent variable is given by, $$ \Delta ...
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Self Selection bias for estimating a valiable correlated to the selector

I am trying to find a way to see if a measured variable between two groups is significantly different. This would normally be done through a t-test if the two groups were randomly selected from the ...
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Effect of one independent variable of several dependent variables – best strategy?

I have a question regarding which analysis strategy is best suited for our objective. In an exploratory study based on data from a survey we conducted ourselves in India, we are analyzing the ...
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Does simple linear regression imply causation?

I know correlation does not imply causation but instead the strength and direction of the relationship. Does simple linear regression imply causation? Or is an inferential (t-test, etc.) statistical ...
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How fair is it to use the word “predict” for (logistic) regression?

My understanding is that even regression does not give causality. It can only give association between y variable and x variables and possibly a direction. Am I correct? I've often found phrases ...
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Confidence interval for average treatment effect from propensity score weighting?

I am trying to estimate the average treatment effect from observational data using propensity score weighting (specifically IPTW). I think I am calculating the ATE correctly, but I don't know how to ...
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normalizing predictor by another predictor

I'm fitting a linear model with outcome $Y$. I have measurements for variables $X_1$ and $X_2$. I hypothesize that $X_1$ and $Y$ are linearly related. I want to know the slope and significance of ...
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$3^3$ factorial design

Suppose in a $3^3$ factorial design, factor A has three levels. We want to test the significance of A and after setting hypothesis $$H_0:\alpha_i=0 \quad\text{for}\quad i=1,2,3 \quad\text{Vs.}\quad ...
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Propensity Score can be used as a covariate in regression?

I have treated and control groups with a problem of selection in the treatment group. I am interested in the identification of the following model: $y= exp(X^\prime\beta + \alpha\cdot T)$ where $T$ ...
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Transfer function in forecasting models - interpretation

I am occupied with ARIMA modelling augmented with exogenous variables for promotional modelling purposes and i have hard time explaining it to business users. In some cases software packages end up ...
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group fixed-effects, not individual-fixed effects using plm in R

I am analyzing some data to evaluate the impact (causal effect) of a program that is delivered at group level (a village). The outcome of interest is measured at the individual level (individuals ...
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Multilevel model for causal inference using observational data

I am trying to follow the lecture notes by Imbens/Wooldridge (http://www.nber.org/WNE/lect_10_diffindiffs.pdf) on difference-in-differences estimation. In page 4, they discuss the general framework ...
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Explaining why the slope varies in varying slope model?

When I fit a multilevel varying slope model, it is easy to summarize the variation in slope. However, I have not yet seen any materials that discusses how to explain such variation (i.e. what about ...
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Is there any correlation or causation here?

I have the following data, where 2 properties (P1 and P2) can be either True or False ...
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Is there evidence of mediation? Need help with interpretation of mediation analysis results

I have performed a mediation analysis. I have an independent variable T, a mediator M, and outcome Y. (All 3 variables are binary, and I use logit.) (While I used Stata ...
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How to find three probabilities with two different values or ratings?

I would like to know how to find three probabilities of two values.... Specifically...I want to know the three soccer venues (HOME DRAW AWAY) proabilities with two ratings... Example: I have two ...
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What is the difference between effectiveness and efficacy in determining the benefit of therapy 'A' on condition 'B'?

The context of this question is within a health framework i.e. looking at one or more therapies in the treatment of a condition. It appears that even well respected researchers confuse the terms ...
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From Identification to Estimation

I'm currently reading Pearl's piece (Pearl, 2009, 2nd edition) on causality and struggle to establish the link between nonparametric identification of a model and actual estimation. Unfortunately, ...
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Would a simple OLS regression work with this example?

First and foremost I would greatly appreciate any help you can provide me with. I am writing my undergraduate thesis on the rise of populism in France. The relationship I am trying to better ...
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Infer causality with high collinearity

I recently started to ask myself how to measure the impact of education on indexes like GDP: what is the outcome of mathematics or computer science on GDP, at the country level for instance. In this ...
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Does adjusting for superfluous variables bias OLS estimates?

The usual textbook treatment of adjusting for superfluous variables in OLS states that the estimator is still unbiased, but may have larger variance (see, for example, Greene, Econometric Analysis, ...
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How to program automated shrinkage for a subset of terms in R?

I've got data from a randomized experiment that includes a lot of covariates. I'm interested $\delta$ from a model of the form $y = g(\delta T + X'\beta+ \epsilon)$, where $T$ is randomly assigned and ...
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Introduction to causal analysis

What are good books that introduce causal analysis? I'm thinking of an introduction that both explains the principles of causal analysis and shows how different statistical methods could be used to ...
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To what extent is the distinction between correlation and causation relevant to Google?

Context A popular question on this site is " What are common statistical sins?". One of the sins mentioned is assuming that "correlation implies causation..." link Then, in the comments with 5 ...
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Confusion about features selection for inference analysis with lm/glm

I need a bit of tutoring about grasping the true meaning of linear regression analysis. I'd like some help in understanding well the relationships between predictors and and the meaning of adding and ...
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Propensity Score Analysis with continuous treatment

I have an observational dataset of about two dozen observed variables (continuous or discrete), plus a continuous variable of which I would like to measure the causal impact of on my dependent ...
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Adjusting for a mediator to capture cross sectional relationship

We are fitting a linear model using cross-sectional data to inspect the relationship between some exposure and an outcome (disease status, measured continuously). Duration of disease was also captured ...
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Meta-analysis: Talking about power and inference (to power)

I need a little help or reassurance concerning how to explain power "to power", i.e. to decision makers that are not well versed in statistics. The problem is this: I have done three empirical ...
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Detecting parameter influence

I have a data set consisting of a system's responses to various test configurations. Every test configuration corresponds to a different parameter set. These parameters can have either continuous ...
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Identifying What Causes a Variable to Increase

Say I have a dataset with several continuous and categorical variables, and I want to identify what variables (values or properties of these variables) may cause one of the continuous variables to ...
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How can I represent Conditional Probability Table based Bayesian Networks in Winbugs? [closed]

Winbugs seem to support either stochastic or deterministic relationship between variables. However, many Bayesian Networks represent relationships between variables using conditional probability ...
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How do instrumental variables address selection bias?

I'm wondering how an instrumental variable addresses selection bias in regression. Here's the example I'm chewing on: In Mostly Harmless Econometrics, the authors discuss an IV regression relating ...
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How can we combine learnings from multiple experiments in a single causal model?

I would like to use a causal network modelling to model the interaction of several variables and the effects of interventions. I have measurements for all priors of the model, that is without any ...
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Interpretation of positive and negative beta weights in regression equation

I received this elementary question by email: In a regression equation am I correct in thinking that if the beta value is positive the dependent variable has increased in response to greater ...
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Do you need causal models when doing counterfactual predictions?

I am modeling the impact the number of a certain type of company (bottom of pyramid (BOP) companies, ie. companies that cater to the poorest consumers) have on market price. I considered the ...
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Is this mediation or a simple path?

This is my model adapted from a study. I want to know whether I can only study it as a path analysis without studying mediation effect (1 $\longrightarrow$ 5 direct effect, as well as indirect ...
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X and Y are not correlated, but X is significant predictor of Y in multiple regression. What does it mean?

X and Y are not correlated (-.01); however, when I place X in a multiple regression predicting Y, alongside three (A, B, C) other (related) variables, X and two other variables (A, B) are significant ...
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Inference from a sometimes-random time-series

Let's say we have two cointegrated time-series, $Y_{1}$ and $Y_{2}$, and I want to assess the causal impact of $Y_{1}$ on $Y_{2}$. There is good reason to think that both variables are influenced by a ...
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Choice of dependent variable: Differencing or Controlling?

I was running some analysis where I suspect that a treatment $D$, has opposite effects on two variables $Y^A$ and $Y^B$. To show that, I was thinking about two strategies: 1. Differencing Running ...
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Real examples of Correlation confused with Causation

I'm looking for specific, real cases in which a causal relationship was inappropriately inferred from evidence of a correlation. Specifically, I'm interested in examples that meet the following ...
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Dropped cases from matched studies

We have cohort data and a rare exposure which we are matching to controls in a large epidemiologic dataset. The matching variable is a deidentified neighborhood indicator (cluster) which guarantees ...
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Relation between causal inference and prediction (classification and regression)

I was wondering what relation and differences are between causal inference and prediction (classification and regression)? For example, In prediction, we have predictor/input variables and ...
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Endogeneity & IV = model misspecification?

I'd like to raise a controversial point: if you need instrumental variables, your model is wrong. Basic endogeneity problem and the IV solution Let us suppose the basic framework of endogeneity and ...