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Disentangling confounding and nonsense associations due to dependence

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Friday, November 04, 2022
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Elizabeth Ogburn, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Statistical Science

Nonsense associations can arise when an exposure and an outcome of interest exhibit similar patterns of dependence. Confounding is present when potential outcomes are not independent of treatment. This talk will describe how understanding the connection between these two phenomena leads to insights in three areas: causal inference with multiple treatments and unmeasured confounding; causal and statistical inference with social network data; and causal inference with spatial data.