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Double Machine Learning in Python

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DoubleML - Double Machine Learning in Python

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The Python package DoubleML provides an implementation of the double / debiased machine learning framework of Chernozhukov et al. (2018). It is built on top of scikit-learn (Pedregosa et al., 2011).

Note that the Python package was developed together with an R twin based on mlr3. The R package is also available on GitHub and CRAN Version.

Documentation and maintenance

Documentation and website:

DoubleML is currently maintained by @MalteKurz and @PhilippBach.

Bugs can be reported to the issue tracker at

Main Features

Double / debiased machine learning (Chernozhukov et al. (2018)) for

  • Partially linear regression models (PLR)
  • Partially linear IV regression models (PLIV)
  • Interactive regression models (IRM)
  • Interactive IV regression models (IIVM)

The object-oriented implementation of DoubleML is very flexible. The model classes DoubleMLPLR, DoubleMLPLIV, DoubleMLIRM and DoubleIIVM implement the estimation of the nuisance functions via machine learning methods and the computation of the Neyman orthogonal score function. All other functionalities are implemented in the abstract base class DoubleML. In particular functionalities to estimate double machine learning models and to perform statistical inference via the methods fit, bootstrap, confint, p_adjust and tune. This object-oriented implementation allows a high flexibility for the model specification in terms of ...

  • ... the machine learners for the nuisance functions,
  • ... the resampling schemes,
  • ... the double machine learning algorithm,
  • ... the Neyman orthogonal score functions,
  • ...

It further can be readily extended with regards to

  • ... new model classes that come with Neyman orthogonal score functions being linear in the target parameter,
  • ... alternative score functions via callables,
  • ... alternative resampling schemes,
  • ...

An overview of the OOP structure of the DoubleML package is given in the graphic available at


DoubleML requires

  • Python
  • sklearn
  • numpy
  • scipy
  • pandas
  • statsmodels
  • joblib

To install DoubleML with pip use

pip install -U DoubleML

DoubleML can be installed from source via

git clone
cd doubleml-for-py
pip install --editable .

Detailed installation instructions can be found in the documentation.


If you use the DoubleML package a citation is highly appreciated:

Bach, P., Chernozhukov, V., Kurz, M. S., and Spindler, M. (2021), DoubleML - An Object-Oriented Implementation of Double Machine Learning in Python, arXiv:2104.03220.


      title={{DoubleML} -- {A}n Object-Oriented Implementation of Double Machine Learning in {P}ython}, 
      author={Philipp Bach and Victor Chernozhukov and Malte S. Kurz and Martin Spindler},
      note={arXiv:\href{}{2104.03220} [stat.ML]}


Chernozhukov, V., Chetverikov, D., Demirer, M., Duflo, E., Hansen, C., Newey, W. and Robins, J. (2018), Double/debiased machine learning for treatment and structural parameters. The Econometrics Journal, 21: C1-C68. doi:10.1111/ectj.12097.

Pedregosa, F., Varoquaux, G., Gramfort, A., Michel, V., Thirion, B., Grisel, O., Blondel, M., Prettenhofer, P., Weiss, R., Dubourg, V., Vanderplas, J., Passos, A., Cournapeau, D., Brucher, M., Perrot, M. and Duchesnay, E. (2011), Scikit-learn: Machine Learning in Python. Journal of Machine Learning Research, 12: 2825--2830,

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