causal inference

Descriptive statistics, causal inference, and story time

July 7, 2011 | andrew

Dave Backus points me to this review by anthropologist Mike McGovern of two books by economist Paul Collier on the politics of economic development in Africa. My first reaction was that this was interesting but non-statistical so I’d have to either post it on the sister blog or wait ... [Read more...]

Experimental reasoning in social science

July 2, 2011 | andrew

As a statistician, I was trained to think of randomized experimentation as representing the gold standard of knowledge in the social sciences, and, despite having seen occasional arguments to the contrary, I still hold that view, expressed pithily by Box, Hunter, and Hunter (1978) that “To find out what happens when ... [Read more...]

Example 7.35: Propensity score matching

May 3, 2010 | Ken Kleinman

As discussed in example 7.34, it's sometimes preferable to match on propensity scores, rather than adjust for them as a covariate.SASWe use a suite of macros written by Jon Kosanke and Erik Bergstralh at the Mayo Clinic. The dist macro calculates the ...
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