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Online Causal Inference Seminar

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Tuesday, November 1, 2022
8:30am - 9:30am PDT

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Free and open to the public

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 [Link to join] (ID: 996 2837 2037, Password: 386638)

  • SpeakerKun Zhang (CMU)
  • Title: Methodological advances in causal representation learning
  • DiscussantVictor Veitch (University of Chicago)
  • Abstract: Causal representation learning aims to reveal the underlying high-level hidden causal variables and their relations. It can be seen as a special case of causal discovery, whose goal is to recover the underlying causal structure or causal model from observational data. The modularity property of a causal system implies properties of minimal changes and independent changes of causal representations, and how such properties make it possible to recover the underlying causal representations from observational data with identifiability guarantees: under appropriate assumptions, the learned representations are consistent with the underlying causal process. The talk will consider various problem settings involving independent and identically distributed (i.i.d.) data, temporal data, or data with distribution shift as input, and demonstrate when identifiable causal representation learning can benefit from the flexibility of deep learning and when it has to impose suitable parametric assumptions on the causal process.

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