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Causal Data Science in Large US Firms

We see more and more examples of companies starting to invest in causal inference capabilities. But how widespread is this phenomenon? And who are the industry players that are active in this space?

Posted September 9, 2021 by Paul Hünermund and Jermain Kaminski ‐ 5 min read

How to Understand and Influence Behavior Using Data Science

We talked with Florent Buisson, consultant and author, about his new book 'Behavioral Data Analysis with R & Python' (O’Reilly) and his perspective on data science and teaching.

Posted August 30, 2021 by Paul Hünermund and Florent Buisson ‐ 5 min read

Causal Data Science Meeting 2021 – Call for Papers

The Causal Data Science Meeting 2021 (Nov 15–16, 2021) aims to establish an interdisciplinary dialogue between academics and business experts on causal inference methods & applications.

Posted August 10, 2021 by Paul Hünermund and Jermain Kaminski ‐ 4 min read

Bootstrap Your Way to Better Experiments

In this post, Simon Grest, Data Science Lead at the Netherlands' largest food retailer Albert Heijn, shows how using bootstrapping with historical data can be used to validate different estimators in A/B testing.

Posted August 5, 2021 by Simon Grest ‐ 11 min read

How to Use Previous Model Deployments to Build (a Better) Causal Model

Do you experiment with different models in production? Sam Weiss from Ibotta on how you can use observational causal inference to build a better model on data from previous model deployments.

Posted August 2, 2021 by Sam Weiss ‐ 11 min read

Measurement Error Can Be a Serious Problem for Causal Inference

Measurement error is an important and often overlooked problem in (causal) data science. In this post, Daniel Millimet, from Southern Methodist University, explains what you have to watch out for if your analysis is based on mismeasured data.

Posted May 21, 2021 by Daniel Millimet ‐ 9 min read

A Smarter Way to Use the Strengths of Your Instrumental Variables

In this post, Nick Huntington-Klein explains how you can exploit variation in the effects of instrumental variables in different subsamples to improve the performance of your IV estimations.

Posted April 27, 2021 by Nick Huntington-Klein ‐ 7 min read

How Can Causal Machine Learning Improve Business Decisions?

In this post, Margarita and Martin Huber explain why understanding the causal impact of particular business activities like marketing campaigns or pricing policies is necessary when making decisions about the appropriate design of those actions.

Posted April 26, 2021 by Margarita Huber and Martin Huber ‐ 6 min read

What is Causal Data Fusion?

This post outlines the data fusion process. This automated and do-calculus based inferential engine opens up a complete causal inference pipeline, from problem specification, to identification, to estimation.

Posted April 1, 2021 by Paul Hünermund ‐ 5 min read

Causal Data Science in Practice

Causal data science methods are currently experiencing growing adoption in industry. In spring 2020, we conducted a global survey of data science practitioners to explore the use of causal data science methods in business practice.

Posted March 1, 2021 by Carla Schmitt ‐ 6 min read

Causal Inference is More than Fitting the Data Well

Causal inference tools can be challenging for practitioners to adopt because they require an entirely new approach to data science. This post describes some of the cultural and organizational challenges that come with this new paradigm.

Posted February 1, 2021 by Paul Hünermund ‐ 4 min read

How to Push Causal Inference in Industry?

Patrick Doupe, Principal Economist at Zalando SE, shares his team's experience about what it takes to raise attention to causal inference in practice.

Posted December 17, 2020 by Patrick Doupe ‐ 7 min read