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Intermediate Level

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Instrumental VariablePropensity Score MatchingCausal InferenceCausality

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Intermediate Level

Approx. 13 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Welcome and Introduction to Causal Effects

3 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 128 min)
8 videos
Confusion over causality19m
Potential outcomes and counterfactuals13m
Hypothetical interventions17m
Causal effects19m
Causal assumptions18m
Stratification23m
Incident user and active comparator designs14m
3 practice exercises
Practice Quiz4m
Practice Quiz4m
Causal effects18m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Confounding and Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAGs)

2 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 86 min)
8 videos
Causal graphs9m
Relationship between DAGs and probability distributions15m
Paths and associations7m
Conditional independence (d-separation)13m
Confounding revisited9m
Backdoor path criterion15m
Disjunctive cause criterion9m
2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz8m
Identify from DAGs sufficient sets of confounders22m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Matching and Propensity Scores

4 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 171 min)
12 videos
Overview of matching12m
Matching directly on confounders13m
Greedy (nearest-neighbor) matching17m
Optimal matching10m
Assessing balance11m
Analyzing data after matching20m
Sensitivity analysis10m
Data example in R16m
Propensity scores11m
Propensity score matching14m
Propensity score matching in R15m
5 practice exercises
Practice Quiz6m
Practice Quiz8m
Matching12m
Propensity score matching10m
Data analysis project - analyze data in R using propensity score matching16m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Inverse Probability of Treatment Weighting (IPTW)

3 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 119 min)
9 videos
More intuition for IPTW estimation9m
Marginal structural models11m
IPTW estimation11m
Assessing balance9m
Distribution of weights9m
Remedies for large weights13m
Doubly robust estimators15m
Data example in R26m
3 practice exercises
Practice Quiz6m
IPTW18m
Data analysis project - carry out an IPTW causal analysis8m

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