Speaker: Ang Li

Date: Sep 22, 2023

Abstract: When people engage in discussions about causal inference or causality, their initial focus often revolves around identifying the cause of a particular phenomenon. However, the realm of causal inference extends far beyond this initial perception. To gain a deeper understanding of what causal inference truly encompasses, Professor Judea Pearl introduced the concept known as the ‘causal ladder.’ This ladder represents a hierarchy of three distinct types of problems, each increasing in complexity: (1) prediction, (2) intervention, and (3) counterfactuals. In this talk, we will introduce these layers and delve into the latest research and practical applications within each. By the end of this talk, you will have a clear understanding of the fundamental concepts of causal inference and their real-world relevance.

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