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Comment: Spherical cows in a vacuum: data analysis competitions for causal inference. (English) Zbl 1420.62348
Summary: A recent data analysis competition compared the performance of several methods for causal inference from observational data. However, sound causal inference requires not only adequate data analysis techniques but also subject-matter expertise about the causal structure of the problem under study. Therefore, until a methodology is developed to combine data analysis and subject-matter knowledge, causal inference competitions may only provide advice to practitioners under ideal conditions.
Comment on [V. Dorie et al., “Automated versus do-it-yourself methods for causal inference: lessons learned from a data analysis competition”, ibid. 34, No. 1, 43–68 (2019; Zbl 1420.62345)].

62K20 Response surface designs
68T05 Learning and adaptive systems in artificial intelligence
62B15 Theory of statistical experiments
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