Department of Mathematics and Statistics
|Thursday, September 21, 2023
|1:15pm – 2:15pm
|Xinhai Zhang, Binghamton University
|Proximal Learning for Individualized Treatment Regimes Under Unmeasured Confounding
Data-driven individualized decision making has recently received increasing research interest. However, most existing methods rely on the assumption of no unmeasured confounding, which cannot be ensured in practice especially in observational studies. Motivated by the recently proposed proximal causal inference, there has been some development on estimating optimal individualized treatment regimes (ITRs) in the presence of unmeasured confounding. Explicitly, in terms of two types of proxy variables, we are able to establish several identification results for different classes of ITRs respectively, exhibiting the trade-off between the risk of making untestable assumptions and the potential improvement of the value function in decision making. Based on these identification results, classification-based approaches can be applied to find a variety of restricted in-class optimal ITRs.