Call for Papers – SMA Special Issue on “Advanced statistical modeling and causal inference with complex data for better decision making”

The Florence Center for Data Science is happy to promote the following opportunity.

The guest editors are glad to announce a Special Issue of Statistical Methods & Applications on “Advanced statistical modeling and causal inference with complex data for better decision making”

Decisions in many fields — including medicine, public health, epidemiology, social science, economics and finance — depend critically both on empirical evidence and the appropriate evaluation of causal effects of competing treatments, exposures and/or policies. Nowadays data proliferates at an extraordinary pace, providing an endless source of information, but also raising new challenges that strain researchers’ ability to analyze and contextualize it. Drawing insights from large and complex data and from data having complex spaces as domain require new tools and the expertise and the research activities from different disciplines including statistics, computer science, and mathematics. Over the last years, there has been a growing number of studies, applying and extending statistical methods and causal inference methods to harness the power of data.

This special issue of Statistical Methods and Applications is dedicated to collect papers on cutting-edge methodological developments and unique applications to analyze studies and causal studies with challenging data structures. Contributions proposing advanced statistical methods and models and causal inference methods to deal with novel study designs, large and messy data sources, data with nonstandard domains, and complex treatment assignment mechanisms are welcome. From a methodological perspective, the special issue calls for papers developing and/or evaluating an innovative methodology for the analysis of studies with big or high-dimensional data — e.g., causal studies with high-dimensional confounders, exposures and/or mediators —, studies where data have an underlying structure that is a non-Euclidean space — e.g., analysis of compositional data or directional data, studies with irregular/hybrid designs — e.g., causal studies with confounded post-treatment intermediate variables, — and studies with complex data structures where units are organized in hierarchies or networks — e.g., social, geographical, physical, and economic networks — that give rise to interference issues due to the presence of ties among units, to different positions in the network, or to different underlying structures. Applications to biological, epidemiological and medical data, case studies related to the evaluation of public policies or socio-economic programs, and uses of causal inference methodologies for the assessment of performances in education are welcome. Nevertheless, there is no restriction on the subject matter: any interesting applications from any fields fall within the aim and scope of the special issue.

The deadline for manuscript submissions is January 15th, 2022.

Submissions should be made in the usual way, online at, selecting ‘SI: Advanced statistical modeling and causal inference’ during the submission step ‘Additional Information.’

Full details are available at

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

The Guest Editors
Peng Ding (, University of California – Berkeley, USA
Alessandra Mattei (,  University of Florence, Italy
Agnese Panzera (, University of Florence, Italy,
Giancarlo Ragozini (, University of Naples Federico II, Italy