Data Science W241

Experiments and Causal Inference

3 units

Course Description

This course introduces students to experimentation in the social sciences. This topic has increased considerably in importance since 1995, as researchers have learned to think creatively about how to generate data in more scientific ways, and developments in information technology have facilitated the development of better data gathering. Key to this area of inquiry is the insight that correlation does not necessarily imply causality. In this course, we learn how to use experiments to establish causal effects and how to be appropriately skeptical of findings from observational data.

Skill Sets

Experimental design / Statistical analysis / Communicating results / Cleaning data / Mining and exploring data



Current Course Designers

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D. Alex Hughes
D. Alex Hughes
Assistant Adjunct Professor
207B South Hall

Original Course Designers


Data Science W201 and W203. MIDS students only.

Last updated:

April 11, 2022