Causal Discovery for Root Cause Analysis
Murat Kocaoglu, Assistant Professor, Purdue University
Abstract: Cause-effect relations are crucial for several fields, from medicine to policy design as they inform us of the outcomes of our actions a priori. However, causal knowledge is hard to curate for complex systems that might be changing frequently. Causal discovery algorithms allow us to extract causal knowledge from the available data. In this talk, first, we provide a short introduction to algorithmic causal discovery. Next, we propose a novel causal discovery algorithm from a collection of observational and interventional datasets in the presence of unobserved confounders, with unknown intervention targets. Finally, we demonstrate the effectiveness of our algorithm for root-cause analysis in microservice architectures.