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10:00-11:00 AM Beijing Time, October 13, 2023(Fri.)


Causal Inference on Multiple Derived Outcomes


Room 702, Chongdexi Building,open to all students


In many applications, the interest is in treatment effects on random quantities of subjects, where those random quantities are not directly observable but can be estimated based on data from each subject. In this paper, we propose a general framework for conducting causal inference in a hierarchical data generation setting. The identifiability of causal parameters of interest is shown under a condition on the biasedness of subject level estimates and an ignorability condition on the treatment assignment. Estimation of the treatment effects is constructed by inverse propensity score weighting on the estimated subject level parameters. A multiple testing procedure able to control the false discovery proportion is proposed to identify the nonzero treatment effects. Theoretical results are developed to investigate the proposed procedure, and numerical simulations are carried out to evaluate its empirical performance. A case study of medication effects on brain functional connectivity of patients with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using fMRI data is conducted to demonstrate the utility of the proposed method.

About the Guest:

Yumou Qiu, Ph.D., graduated from Iowa State University and has taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Iowa State University.

In July 2023, he joined the School of Mathematical Sciences and the Statistical Science Center of Peking University as a permanent

associate professor. His research includes: high-dimensional data analysis, statistical inference of high-dimensional covariance matrices

and precision matrices, causal analysis, and missing data analysis. At the same time, he is also committed to the application of statistical

methods in precision agriculture, epidemic modeling, forensic science and other fields.