Class Schedule

Class: Tuesday / Thursday, 1:25-2:40pm

Office Hours:



Do Before Class

In Class

Thrs, Jan 11

Course Overview

Tues, Jan 16

Solving Problems by Answering Questions

Thrs, Jan 18

Stakeholder Management

Tues, Jan 23

Proscriptive v. Descriptive Questions

Thrs, Jan 25

Exploratory Questions

Tues, Jan 30

Exploratory Questions

Thrs, Feb 1

Teams 1

Tues, Feb 6

Teams 2

Thrs, Feb 8

Passive Prediction Questions

Tues, Feb 13

Passive Prediction Questions

Thrs, Feb 15

Passive Prediction Questions

Tues, Feb 20

Causal Questions

Thrs, Feb 22

Causal Questions


Tues, Feb 27

Causal Questions

  • Cunningham, Chpt 4, pp 135 (“Independence Assumption”) - 148 (Stop at “Randomization Inference”)

  • Indicator Variables

(Note SDO (Simple Difference in Outcomes) in Cunningham same as “widehat{ATE} from class)

  • Read Chpt 4 in Cunningham from start (different presentation of potential outcomes)


Thrs, Feb 29

Causal Questions: Experiments

Experiments: Internal Validity (In Practice):

  • Kohvani, Tang and Xu: Chpt 2 (End to End Example)

  • Kohavi, Tang and Xu: Chpt 3, “Threats to Internal Validity” (p. 42-47)

  • Kohvani, Tang and Xu: Chpt 19 (A/A Testing)

Tues, Mar 5

Causal Questions: Experiments

Overall Evaluation Criteria: Kohavi, Tang, and Xu Chpt 7.

Finishing Internal Validity:

  • Different Randomizations: Kohavi, Tang and Xu Chpt 22

Experiments: External Validity (In Practice):

  • Kohavi, Tang and Xu, Chpt 3, “Threats to External Validity” to end (p. 47-54)

  • Kohvai, Tang and Xu, Chpt 23 (Primacy Effects / Long Term Decay)

Thrs, Mar 7

Causal Questions: Experiments

Designing Experiments - Power Calculations: Georgiev, Chpt 4 (Canvas)

Tues, Mar 12


Thrs, Mar 14


Tues, Mar 19

Causal Questions: Experiments

Decision Theory (maybe Bayesian AB Testing)?

Thrs, Mar 21

Review Day


Tues, Mar 26



Thrs, Mar 28

Causal Questions: Indicators and Fixed Effects

Tues, Apr 2

Causal Questions: Matching

Thrs, Apr 4

Causal Questions: Differences and Differences / Panels

  • Angrist and Piscke (MM), Chapter 5 (pp 178-208)

Optional but encouraged: (dont need to follow everything, but here’s a real diff-in-diff)

Tues, Apr 9


Thrs, Apr 11

Tues, Apr 16

Tues, Apr 18


Stuff that didn’t make it to class

  • Adversarial Users:

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