Shiv Saini

Sr Research Scientist II


I work in the area of causal inference in observational data. I am an econometrician by training. My recent work has taken more of a ML flavor on causal inference. My work on causal inference has been in the application areas of consumer behavior modeling, attribution, pricing, and what-if modeling. In addition to causal inference, I have worked on Anomaly Detection, both batch and online versions, in recent past. A number of technologies based on my work are part of multiple Adobe products.

In addition to thinking about observational data, I am interested in philosophy. My current research philosophy is that one needs to be grounded in theory, keeps you aware of where you are on the Dunning-Krueger curve, but that shouldn’t be an excuse for not doing useful things. 🙂

Outside of research and spending time with my family, I spend time reading and planning the next trek.


Time Series Forecasting for Cold-Start Items by Learning from Related Items using Memory Networks

Chauhan, A., Prasad*, A., Gupta*, P., Reddy*, A., Saini, S. (Apr. 20, 2020)

The Web Conference (WebConf) - Poster

Modeling Causal Impact of Textual Style on a Targeted Goal

Verma, G., Srinivasan, B., Saini, S., Chhaya, N. (Apr. 20, 2020)

The Web Conference (WebConf) - Poster

Multiple Treatment Effect Estimation using Deep Generative Model with Task Embedding

Saini, S., Dhamnani, S., S, A., Ibrahim, A., Chavan, P. (May. 13, 2019)

In The World Wide Web Conference

Modeling Hint-Taking Behavior and Knowledge State of Students with Multi-Task Learning

Chaudhry, R., Singh, H., Dogga, P., Saini, S. (Jul. 15, 2018)

International Conference on Educational Data Mining

Sparse Decomposition for Time Series Forecasting and Anomaly Detection

Choudhary, S., Hiranandani, G., Saini, S. (May. 3, 2018)

Proceedings of the 2017 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining

A non-parametric approach to the Multi-channel attribution problem

Yadagiri, M., Saini, S., Sinha, R. (Nov. 1, 2015)

WISE 2015 – 16th International Conference on Web Information System Engineering

A Non-parametric Approach to the Multi-channel Attribution Problem

Yadagiri, M., Saini, S., Sinha, R. (Nov. 1, 2015)

Web Information Systems Engineering – WISE 2015

Probabilistic Deduplication of Anonymous Web Traffic

Roy, R., Sinha, R., Chhaya, N., Saini, S. (May. 18, 2015)

24th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW '15) Posters

Estimating the incremental effects of interactions for marketing attribution

Sinha, R., Natarajan, A., Saini, S. (Oct. 30, 2014)

International Conference on Behavior, Economic and Social Computing (BESC)