# Posts tagged causal inference

## Interventional distributions and graph mutation with the do-operator

- 08 July 2023
- explanation, beginner

PyMC is a pivotal component of the open source Bayesian statistics ecosystem. It helps solve real problems across a wide range of industries and academic research areas every day. And it has gained this level of utility by being accessible, powerful, and practically useful at solving *Bayesian statistical inference* problems.

## Interrupted time series analysis

- 08 October 2022
- intermediate

This notebook focuses on how to conduct a simple Bayesian interrupted time series analysis. This is useful in quasi-experimental settings where an intervention was applied to all treatment units.

## Difference in differences

- 08 September 2022
- intermediate

This notebook provides a brief overview of the difference in differences approach to causal inference, and shows a working example of how to conduct this type of analysis under the Bayesian framework, using PyMC. While the notebooks provides a high level overview of the approach, I recommend consulting two excellent textbooks on causal inference. Both The Effect [Huntington-Klein, 2021] and Causal Inference: The Mixtape [Cunningham, 2021] have chapters devoted to difference in differences.

## Counterfactual inference: calculating excess deaths due to COVID-19

- 08 July 2022
- intermediate

Causal reasoning and counterfactual thinking are really interesting but complex topics! Nevertheless, we can make headway into understanding the ideas through relatively simple examples. This notebook focuses on the concepts and the practical implementation of Bayesian causal reasoning using PyMC.

## Regression discontinuity design analysis

- 08 April 2022
- explanation, beginner

Quasi experiments involve experimental interventions and quantitative measures. However, quasi-experiments do *not* involve random assignment of units (e.g. cells, people, companies, schools, states) to test or control groups. This inability to conduct random assignment poses problems when making causal claims as it makes it harder to argue that any difference between a control and test group are because of an intervention and not because of a confounding factor.