Causal Inference is Not a Statistics Problem

By Lucy D'Agostino McGowan in Invited Oral Presentation

June 28, 2023


In this session, Dr. Lucy D’Agostino McGowan will discuss some of the major challenges in causal inference, and why statistical tools alone cannot uncover the data-generating mechanism when attempting to answer causal questions. As part of this talk, Lucy will showcase the Causal Quartet, which consists of four datasets that have the same statistical properties, but different true causal effects due to different ways in which the data was generated. These examples illustrate the limitations of relying solely on statistical tools in data analyses and highlight the crucial role of domain-specific knowledge.


June 28, 2023


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Open Science ReproducibiliTea 2023