You are all cordially invited to the AMLab seminar on Thursday October 11 at 16:00 in C3.163, where Patrick Forré will give a talk titled “Non-linear structural causal models with cycles and latent confounders”. Afterwards there are the usual drinks and snacks!
Abstract: In this talk we will present main results of two of our recent papers.
We will introduce a flexible class of general structural causal models that allow for non-/linear functional relations (like neural networks, etc.), arbitrary probability distributions (like discrete, continuous, mixtures, etc.), causal cycles (like feedback, etc.) and latent variables (aka confounders). For such models we will demonstrate several desirable properties, how to do causal reasoning, the rules of do-calculus and graphical criteria for conditional independence relations. We will also show how the latter can be exploited for causal discovery algorithms in such general context.