Causal Inference

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This project is part of the liveProject series Causal Inference and Personalization
basics of Python • basics of data science
skills learned
spot discontinuities in data • use RDD techniques to estimate the impact of discount on profits
Matheus Facure
1 week · 4-6 hours per week · INTERMEDIATE
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In this liveProject, you’ll use regression discontinuity design (RDD) as a form of natural experiment that works as an alternative to A/B testing. RDD measures treatment effects at points of discontinuity to get an idea of the effectiveness of a program without needing to rigorously A/B test it. You’ll use this technique to assess the discounting strategy of an e-commerce company, in a way that will allow you to start applying causal inference to other practical problems.

This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

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Matheus Facure
Matheus Facure is an economist, data scientist and causal inference specialist at Nubank. He currently works with adding causal inference capabilities to machine learning models with application in the credit card business, and acts as a consultant for other business areas inside Nubank, such as personal loans and marketing.


This liveProject is for data scientists with knowledge of Python, machine learning, and statistics. To begin this liveProject you will need to be familiar with the following:

  • Basics of Python
  • Basics of pandas
  • Basics of Matplotlib
  • Basics of NumPy
  • Basics of data science
  • Basics of causal inference

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll learn core skills of causal inference and how to apply them to practical business scenarios.

  • Spot discontinuities in the data
  • Learn what kind of discontinuities we can use for causal inference
  • Use RDD techniques to estimate the impact of discount on profits


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Get full access to select books for 90 days. Permanent access to excerpts from Manning products are also included, as well as references to other resources.