Presentations

Adam Kapelner presents "Harmonizing Optimized Designs with Classic Randomization in Experiments", at CGIS Knafel Building (K354) - 12-1:30 pm, Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Abstract: There is a long debate in experimental design between the classic randomization design of Fisher, Yates, Kempthorne, Cochran, and those who advocate deterministic assignments based on notions of optimality. In nonsequential trials comparing treatment and control, covariate measurements for each subject are known in advance, and subjects can be divided into two groups based on a criterion of imbalance. With the advent of modern computing, this partition can be made nearly perfectly balanced via numerical optimization, but these... Read more about Adam Kapelner presents "Harmonizing Optimized Designs with Classic Randomization in Experiments"
Gary King presents "Statistically Valid Inferences from Privacy Protected Data", at CGIS Knafel Building (K354) - 12-1:30 pm, Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Abstract: Unprecedented quantities of data that could help social scientists understand and ameliorate the challenges of human society are presently locked away inside companies, governments, and other organizations, in part because of worries about privacy violations. We address this problem with a general-purpose data access and analysis system with mathematical guarantees of privacy for individuals who may be represented in the data, statistical guarantees for researchers...
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Lucas Janson presents "Recent Advances in Model-X Knockoffs", at CGIS Knafel Building (K354) - 12-1:30 pm, Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Abstract: Two years ago in this workshop I presented my work on model-X knockoffs, a method for high-dimensional variable selection that provides exact (finite-sample) control of false discoveries and high power as a result of its flexibility to leverage any and all domain knowledge and tools from machine learning to search for signal. In this talk, I will discuss two recent works that significantly advance the usability and generality of model-X knockoffs. First, I will show how the original assumptions of model-X knockoffs, that the multivariate distribution of the...

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Xiao-Li Meng presents "2020 Election and Privacy Protected Census: Data Quantity vs. Quality & Privacy vs. Utility", at CGIS Knafel Building (K354) - 12-1:30 pm, Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Abstract: The year 2020 will be a busy one for statisticians and more generally for data scientists; predictions about the 2020 US election are already underway. Will the lessons from the 2016 US election be learned, or will the prediction failure be repeated? How do we measure the quality of the data we rely upon for predictions? How small are our big data when we take their quality into account?  The US Census Bureau has announced that the data from the 2020 Census will be released under differential privacy protection, which – in layperson’s terms – means adding some... Read more about Xiao-Li Meng presents "2020 Election and Privacy Protected Census: Data Quantity vs. Quality & Privacy vs. Utility"
Nicole Pashley presents "Causal Inference for Multiple Non-Randomized Treatments using Fractional Factorial Designs", at CGIS Knafel Building (K354) - 12-1:30 pm, Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Abstract: We explore a framework for addressing causal questions in an observational setting with multiple treatments. This setting involves attempting to approximate an experiment from observational data. With multiple treatments, this experiment would be a factorial design. However, certain treatment combinations may be so rare that, for some combinations, we have no measured outcomes in the observed data. We propose to conceptualize a hypothetical fractional factorial experiment instead of a full factorial experiment and lay out a framework for analysis in this setting. We also... Read more about Nicole Pashley presents "Causal Inference for Multiple Non-Randomized Treatments using Fractional Factorial Designs"
Xun Pang presents "A Bayesian Generalized Synthetic Control Approach for Causal Inference With TSCS Data: A Dynamic Latent Factor Model With Hierarchical Shrinkage", at CGIS Knafel Building (K354) - 12-1:30 pm, Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Abstract: This paper proposes a Bayesian synthetic control method (a.k.a., the latent multifactor model approach) for causal inference with observational time-series cross-sectional (TSCS) data. We develop a state-space latent factor model and make dynamic and multilevel extensions to the widely-applied difference-in-differences estimator, the synthetic control approach, and latent factor models. We adopt a fully Bayesian prior-to-posterior approach to parameter estimation and counterfactual prediction. Compared with existing frequentist approaches, our method has... Read more about Xun Pang presents "A Bayesian Generalized Synthetic Control Approach for Causal Inference With TSCS Data: A Dynamic Latent Factor Model With Hierarchical Shrinkage"
Xun Pang presents "A Bayesian Generalized Synthetic Control Approach for Causal Inference With TSCS Data: A Dynamic Latent Factor Model With Hierarchical Shrinkage", at CGIS Knafel Building (K354) - 12-1:30 pm, Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Abstract: This paper proposes a Bayesian synthetic control method (a.k.a., the latent multifactor model approach) for causal inference with observational time-series cross-sectional (TSCS) data. We develop a state-space latent factor model and make dynamic and multilevel extensions to the widely-applied difference-in-differences estimator, the synthetic control approach, and latent factor models. We adopt a fully Bayesian prior-to-posterior approach to parameter estimation and counterfactual prediction. Compared with existing frequentist approaches, our method has... Read more about Xun Pang presents "A Bayesian Generalized Synthetic Control Approach for Causal Inference With TSCS Data: A Dynamic Latent Factor Model With Hierarchical Shrinkage"
Xun Pang presents "A Bayesian Generalized Synthetic Control Approach for Causal Inference With TSCS Data: A Dynamic Latent Factor Model With Hierarchical Shrinkage", at CGIS Knafel Building (K354) - 12-1:30 pm, Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Abstract: This paper proposes a Bayesian synthetic control method (a.k.a., the latent multifactor model approach) for causal inference with observational time-series cross-sectional (TSCS) data. We develop a state-space latent factor model and make dynamic and multilevel extensions to the widely-applied difference-in-differences estimator, the synthetic control approach, and latent factor models. We adopt a fully Bayesian prior-to-posterior approach to parameter estimation and counterfactual prediction. Compared with existing frequentist approaches, our method has... Read more about Xun Pang presents "A Bayesian Generalized Synthetic Control Approach for Causal Inference With TSCS Data: A Dynamic Latent Factor Model With Hierarchical Shrinkage"
Xun Pang presents "A Bayesian Generalized Synthetic Control Approach for Causal Inference With TSCS Data: A Dynamic Latent Factor Model With Hierarchical Shrinkage", at CGIS Knafel Building (K354) - 12-1:30 pm, Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Abstract: This paper proposes a Bayesian synthetic control method (a.k.a., the latent multifactor model approach) for causal inference with observational time-series cross-sectional (TSCS) data. We develop a state-space latent factor model and make dynamic and multilevel extensions to the widely-applied difference-in-differences estimator, the synthetic control approach, and latent factor models. We adopt a fully Bayesian prior-to-posterior approach to parameter estimation and counterfactual prediction. Compared with existing frequentist approaches, our method has... Read more about Xun Pang presents "A Bayesian Generalized Synthetic Control Approach for Causal Inference With TSCS Data: A Dynamic Latent Factor Model With Hierarchical Shrinkage"
Xun Pang presents "A Bayesian Generalized Synthetic Control Approach for Causal Inference With TSCS Data: A Dynamic Latent Factor Model With Hierarchical Shrinkage", at CGIS Knafel Building (K354) - 12-1:30 pm, Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Abstract: This paper proposes a Bayesian synthetic control method (a.k.a., the latent multifactor model approach) for causal inference with observational time-series cross-sectional (TSCS) data. We develop a state-space latent factor model and make dynamic and multilevel extensions to the widely-applied difference-in-differences estimator, the synthetic control approach, and latent factor models. We adopt a fully Bayesian prior-to-posterior approach to parameter estimation and counterfactual prediction. Compared with existing frequentist approaches, our method has... Read more about Xun Pang presents "A Bayesian Generalized Synthetic Control Approach for Causal Inference With TSCS Data: A Dynamic Latent Factor Model With Hierarchical Shrinkage"

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