Modeling confounding by half-sibling regression

Bernhard Schölkopf, David W. Hogg, Dun Wang, Daniel Foreman-Mackey, Dominik Janzing, Carl Johann Simon-Gabriel, Jonas Peters

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    We describe a method for removing the effect of confounders to reconstruct a latent quantity of interest. The method, referred to as "half-sibling regression," is inspired by recent work in causal inference using additive noise models. We provide a theoretical justification, discussing both independent and identically distributed as well as time series data, respectively, and illustrate the potential of the method in a challenging astronomy application.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)7391-7398
    Number of pages8
    JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
    Issue number27
    StatePublished - Jul 5 2016


    • Astronomy
    • Causal inference
    • Exoplanet detection
    • Machine learning
    • Systematic error modeling

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General


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