Vincent Dorie

Vincent Dorie
Columbia University | CU · Department of Statistics

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When estimating causal effects, unmeasured confounding and model misspecification are both potential sources of bias. We propose a method to simultaneously address both issues in the form of a semi-parametric sensitivity analysis. In particular, our approach incorporates Bayesian Additive Regression Trees into a two-parameter sensitivity analysis s...
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This brief note documents the data generating processes used in the 2017 Data Analysis Challenge associated with the Atlantic Causal Inference Conference (ACIC). The focus of the challenge was estimation and inference for conditional average treatment effects (CATEs) in the presence of targeted selection, which leads to strong confounding. The asso...
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Response to discussion of Dorie (2017), in which the authors of that piece express their gratitude to the discussants, rebut some specific criticisms, and argue that the limitations of the 2016 Atlantic Causal Inference Competition represent an exciting opportunity for future competitions in a similar mold.
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Similar environmental risk factors have been implicated in different neuropsychiatric disorders (including major psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases), indicating the existence of common epigenetic mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis shared by different illnesses. To investigate such commonality, we applied an unsupervised computational ap...
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Statisticians have made great strides towards assumption-free estimation of causal estimands in the past few decades. However this explosion in research has resulted in a breadth of inferential strategies that both create opportunities for more reliable inference as well as complicate the choices that an applied researcher has to make and defend. R...
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When fitting hierarchical regression models, maximum likelihood (ML) estimation has computational (and, for some users, philosophical) advantages compared to full Bayesian inference, but when the number of groups is small, estimates of the covariance matrix (Σ) of group-level varying coefficients are often degenerate. One can do better, even from a...
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R package for Data Analysis using multilevel/hierarchical model
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Group-level variance estimates of zero often arise when fitting multilevel or hierarchical linear models, especially when the number of groups is small. For situations where zero variances are implausible a priori, we propose a maximum penalized likelihood approach to avoid such boundary estimates. This approach is equivalent to estimating variance...
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Variance parameters in mixed or multilevel models can be difficult to estimate, espe-cially when the number of groups is small. We propose a maximum penalized likelihood approach which is equivalent to estimating variance parameters by their marginal poste-rior mode, given a weakly informative prior distribution. By choosing the prior from the gamm...

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