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Linear mixed effects models for non‐Gaussian continuous repeated measurement data J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200909
Özgür Asar; David Bolin; Peter J. Diggle; Jonas WallinWe consider the analysis of continuous repeated measurement outcomes that are collected longitudinally. A standard framework for analysing data of this kind is a linear Gaussian mixed effects model within which the outcome variable can be decomposed into fixed effects, time invariant and time‐varying random effects, and measurement noise. We develop methodology that, for the first time, allows any

Burglary in London: insights from statistical heterogeneous spatial point processes J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200805
Jan Povala; Seppo Virtanen; Mark GirolamiTo obtain operational insights regarding the crime of burglary in London, we consider the estimation of the effects of covariates on the intensity of spatial point patterns. Inspired by localized properties of criminal behaviour, we propose a spatial extension to mixtures of generalized linear models from the mixture modelling literature. The Bayesian model proposed is a finite mixture of Poisson generalized

Sensitivity analysis for publication bias in meta‐analyses J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200828
Maya B. Mathur; Tyler J. VanderWeeleWe propose sensitivity analyses for publication bias in meta‐analyses. We consider a publication process such that ‘statistically significant’ results are more likely to be published than negative or “non‐significant” results by an unknown ratio, η. Our proposed methods also accommodate some plausible forms of selection based on a study's standard error. Using inverse probability weighting and robust

A hierarchical mixed effect hurdle model for spatiotemporal count data and its application to identifying factors impacting health professional shortages J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200808
Soutik Ghosal; Timothy S. Lau; Jeremy Gaskins; Maiying KongCount data are common in many fields such as public health. Hurdle models have been developed to model count data when the zero count could be either inflated or deflated. However, when data are repeatedly collected over time and spatially correlated, it is very challenging to model the data appropriately. For example, to study health professional shortage areas, the number of primary care physicians

Landmark proportional subdistribution hazards models for dynamic prediction of cumulative incidence functions J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200805
Qing Liu; Gong Tang; Joseph P. Costantino; Chung‐Chou H. ChangAn individualized dynamic risk prediction model that incorporates all available information collected over the follow‐up can be used to choose an optimal treatment strategy in realtime, although existing methods have not been designed to handle competing risks. In this study, we developed a landmark proportional subdistribution hazard (PSH) model and a comprehensive supermodel for dynamic risk prediction

Nested g‐computation: a causal approach to analysis of censored medical costs in the presence of time‐varying treatment J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200825
Andrew J. Spieker; Emily M. Ko; Jason A. Roy; Nandita MitraRising medical costs are an emerging challenge in policy decisions and resource allocation planning. When cumulative medical cost is the outcome, right censoring induces informative missingness due to heterogeneity in cost accumulation rates across subjects. Inverse weighting approaches have been developed to address the challenge of informative cost trajectories in mean cost estimation, though these

One‐class classification with application to forensic analysis J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200826
Francesca Fortunato; Laura Anderlucci; Angela MontanariThe analysis of broken glass is forensically important to reconstruct the events of a criminal act. In particular, the comparison between the glass fragments found on a suspect (recovered cases) and those collected at the crime scene (control cases) may help the police to identify the offender(s) correctly. The forensic issue can be framed as a one‐class classification problem. One‐class classification

Adding measurement error to location data to protect subject confidentiality while allowing for consistent estimation of exposure effects J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200815
Mahesh Karra; David Canning; Ryoko SatoIn public use data sets, it is desirable not to report a respondent's location precisely to protect subject confidentiality. However, the direct use of perturbed location data to construct explanatory exposure variables for regression models will generally make naive estimates of all parameters biased and inconsistent. We propose an approach where a perturbation vector, consisting of a random distance

Bayesian analysis of tests with unknown specificity and sensitivity J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200813
Andrew Gelman; Bob CarpenterWhen testing for a rare disease, prevalence estimates can be highly sensitive to uncertainty in the specificity and sensitivity of the test. Bayesian inference is a natural way to propagate these uncertainties, with hierarchical modelling capturing variation in these parameters across experiments. Another concern is the people in the sample not being representative of the general population. Statistical

A calibrated sensitivity analysis for matched observational studies with application to the effect of second‐hand smoke exposure on blood lead levels in children J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200828
Bo Zhang; Dylan S. SmallWe conducted a matched observational study to investigate the causal relationship between second‐hand smoke and blood lead levels in children. Our first analysis that assumes no unmeasured confounding suggests evidence of a detrimental effect of second‐hand smoke. However, unmeasured confounding is a concern in our study as in other observational studies of second‐hand smoke's effects. A sensitivity

A Bayesian quest for finding a unified model for predicting volleyball games J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200901
Leonardo Egidi; Ioannis NtzoufrasVolleyball is a team sport with unique and specific characteristics. We introduce a new two‐level hierarchical Bayesian model which accounts for these volleyball‐specific characteristics. In the first level, we model the set outcome with a simple logistic regression model. Conditionally on the winner of the set, in the second level, we use a truncated negative binomial distribution for the points earned

Markov switching modelling of shooting performance variability and teammate interactions in basketball J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200827
Marco Sandri; Paola Zuccolotto; Marica ManiseraIn basketball, measures of individual player performance provide critical guidance for a broad spectrum of decisions related to training and game strategy. However, most studies on this topic focus on performance level measurement, neglecting other important factors, such as performance variability. Here we model shooting performance variability by using Markov switching models, assuming the existence

Circular regression trees and forests with an application to probabilistic wind direction forecasting J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200925
Moritz N. Lang; Lisa Schlosser; Torsten Hothorn; Georg J. Mayr; Reto Stauffer; Achim ZeileisAlthough circular data occur in a wide range of scientific fields, the methodology for distributional modelling and probabilistic forecasting of circular response variables is quite limited. Most of the existing methods are built on generalized linear and additive models, which are often challenging to optimize and interpret. Specifically, capturing abrupt changes or interactions is not straightforward

Causal mechanism of extreme river discharges in the upper Danube basin network J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200523
Linda Mhalla; Valérie Chavez‐Demoulin; Debbie J. DupuisExtreme hydrological events in the Danube river basin may severely impact human populations, aquatic organisms and economic activity. One often characterizes the joint structure of extreme events by using the theory of multivariate and spatial extremes and its asymptotically justified models. There is interest, however, in cascading extreme events and whether one event causes another. We argue that

Inference for extreme values under threshold‐based stopping rules J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200612
Anna Maria Barlow; Chris Sherlock; Jonathan TawnThere is a propensity for an extreme value analysis to be conducted as a consequence of a large flooding event. This timing of the analysis introduces bias and poor coverage probabilities into the associated risk assessments and leads subsequently to inefficient flood protection schemes. We explore these problems through studying stochastic stopping criteria and propose new likelihood‐based inferences

A hybrid approach for the stratified mark‐specific proportional hazards model with missing covariates and missing marks, with application to vaccine efficacy trials J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200522
Yanqing Sun; Li Qi; Fei Heng; Peter B. GilbertDeployment of the recently licensed tetravalent dengue vaccine based on a chimeric yellow fever virus, CYD‐TDV, requires understanding of how the risk of dengue disease in vaccine recipients depends jointly on a host biomarker measured after vaccination (neutralization titre—neutralizing antibodies) and on a ‘mark’ feature of the dengue disease failure event (the amino acid sequence distance of the

Global household energy model: a multivariate hierarchical approach to estimating trends in the use of polluting and clean fuels for cooking J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200707
Oliver Stoner; Gavin Shaddick; Theo Economou; Sophie Gumy; Jessica Lewis; Itzel Lucio; Giulia Ruggeri; Heather Adair‐RohaniIn 2017 an estimated 3 billion people used polluting fuels and technologies as their primary cooking solution, with 3.8 million deaths annually attributed to household exposure to the resulting fine particulate matter air pollution. Currently, health burdens are calculated by using aggregations of fuel types, e.g. solid fuels, as country level estimates of the use of specific fuel types, e.g. wood

Modelling fuel injector spray characteristics in jet engines by using vine copulas J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200615
Maximilian Coblenz; Simon Holz; Hans‐Jörg Bauer; Oliver Grothe; Rainer KochThe emission requirements for jet engines are becoming more stringent and the combustion process determines pollutant emissions. Therefore, we model the distribution of fuel drops generated by a fuel injector in a jet engine, which can be assumed to be a five‐dimensional problem in terms of drop size, x‐position, y‐position, x‐velocity and y‐velocity. The data are generated by numerical simulations

Global forensic geolocation with deep neural networks J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200623
Neal S. Grantham; Brian J. Reich; Eric B. Laber; Krishna Pacifici; Robert R. Dunn; Noah Fierer; Matthew Gebert; Julia S. Allwood; Seth A. FaithAn important problem in modern forensic analyses is identifying the provenance of materials at a crime scene, such as biological material on a piece of clothing. This procedure, which is known as geolocation, is conventionally guided by expert knowledge of the biological evidence and therefore tends to be application specific, labour intensive and often subjective. Purely data‐driven methods have yet

Fault isolation for a complex decentralized waste water treatment facility J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200719
Molly C. Klanderman; Kathryn B. Newhart; Tzahi Y. Cath; Amanda S. HeringDecentralized waste water treatment facilities monitor many features that are complexly related. The ability to detect the onset of a fault and to identify variables accurately that have shifted because of the fault are vital to maintaining proper system operation and high quality produced water. Various multivariate methods have been proposed to perform fault detection and isolation, but the methods

Estimating the binary endogenous effect of insurance on doctor visits by copula‐based regression additive models J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200607
Giampiero Marra; Rosalba Radice; David M. ZimmerThe paper estimates the causal effect of having health insurance on healthcare utilization, while accounting for potential endogeneity bias. The topic has important policy implications, because health insurance reforms implemented in the USA in recent decades have focused on extending coverage to the previously uninsured. Consequently, understanding the effects of those reforms requires an accurate

The use of sampling weights in M‐quantile random‐effects regression: an application to Programme for International Student Assessment mathematics scores J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200522
Francesco Schirripa Spagnolo; Nicola Salvati; Antonella D’Agostino; Ides NicaiseM‐quantile random‐effects regression represents an interesting approach for modelling multilevel data when the researcher is focused on conditional quantiles. When data are obtained from complex survey designs, sampling weights must be incorporated in the analysis. A robust pseudolikelihood approach for accommodating sampling weights in M‐quantile random‐effects regression is presented. In particular

Cluster analysis of microbiome data by using mixtures of Dirichlet–multinomial regression models J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200726
Sanjeena Subedi; Drew Neish; Stephen Bak; Zeny FengThe human gut microbiome is one of the fundamental components of our physiology, and exploring the relationship between biological and environmental covariates and the resulting taxonomic composition of a given microbial community is an active area of research. Previously, a Dirichlet–multinomial regression framework has been suggested to model this relationship, but it did not account for any underlying

On the interplay between exposure misclassification and informative cluster size J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200726
Glen McGee; Marianthi‐Anna Kioumourtzoglou; Marc G. Weisskopf; Sebastien Haneuse; Brent A. CoullA recent multigenerational study of diethylstilbestrol and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder exhibited signs of both informative cluster size—the outcome was more prevalent in small families—and exposure misclassification—self‐report of familial diethylstilbestrol exposure was substantially mismeasured. Motivated by this, we study the effect of exposure misclassification when cluster size is

Longitudinal networks of dyadic relationships using latent trajectories: evidence from the European interbank market J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200514
Federica Bianchi; Francesco Bartolucci; Stefano Peluso; Antonietta MiraFinancial markets are ultimately seen as a collection of dyadic transactions. We study the temporal evolution of dyadic relationships in the European interbank market, as induced by monetary transactions registered in the electronic market for interbank deposits (e‐MID) during a period of 10 years (2006–2015). In particular, we keep track of how reciprocal exchange patterns have varied with macro events

Small sample corrections for Wald tests in latent variable models J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200513
Brice Ozenne; Patrick M. Fisher; Esben Budtz‐J⊘rgensenLatent variable models are commonly used in psychology and increasingly used for analysing brain imaging data. Such studies typically involve a small number of participants (n <100), where standard asymptotic results often fail to control the type 1 error appropriately. The paper presents two corrections improving the control of the type 1 error of Wald tests in latent variable models estimated by

Statistical inference on tree swallow migrations with random forests J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200509
Tim Coleman; Lucas Mentch; Daniel Fink; Frank A. La Sorte; David W. Winkler; Giles Hooker; Wesley M. HochachkaBird species’ migratory patterns have typically been studied through individual observations and historical records. In recent years, the eBird citizen science project, which solicits observations from thousands of bird watchers around the world, has opened the door for a data‐driven approach to understanding the large‐scale geographical movements. Here, we focus on the North American tree swallow

Variable selection in functional linear concurrent regression J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200504
Rahul Ghosal; Arnab Maity; Timothy Clark; Stefano B. LongoWe propose a novel method for variable selection in functional linear concurrent regression. Our research is motivated by a fisheries footprint study where the goal is to identify important time‐varying sociostructural drivers influencing patterns of seafood consumption, and hence the fisheries footprint, over time, as well as estimating their dynamic effects. We develop a variable‐selection method

Generalized partially linear models on Riemannian manifolds J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200503
Amelia Simó; M. Victoria Ibáñez; Irene Epifanio; Vicent GimenoWe introduce generalized partially linear models with covariates on Riemannian manifolds. These models, like ordinary generalized linear models, are a generalization of partially linear models on Riemannian manifolds that allow for scalar response variables with error distribution models other than a normal distribution. Partially linear models are particularly useful when some of the covariates of

The harmonic mean χ2‐test to substantiate scientific findings J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200430
Leonhard HeldStatistical methodology plays a crucial role in drug regulation. Decisions by the US Food and Drug Administration or European Medicines Agency are typically made based on multiple primary studies testing the same medical product, where the two‐trials rule is the standard requirement, despite shortcomings. A new approach is proposed for this task based on the harmonic mean of the squared study‐specific

Simulating gene silencing through intervention analysis J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200426
Vera Djordjilović; Monica Chiogna; Chiara RomualdiWe propose a novel method for simulating the effects of gene silencing. Our approach combines relevant subject matter information provided by biological pathways with gene expression levels measured in regular conditions to predict the behaviour of the system after one of the genes has been silenced. We achieve this by modelling gene silencing as an external intervention in a causal graphical model

Modelling the spatial extent and severity of extreme European windstorms J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20191223
Paul Sharkey; Jonathan A. Tawn; Simon J. BrownWindstorms are a primary natural hazard affecting Europe that are commonly linked to substantial property and infrastructural damage and are responsible for the largest spatially aggregated financial losses. Such extreme winds are typically generated by extratropical cyclone systems originating in the North Atlantic and passing over Europe. Previous statistical studies tend to model extreme winds at

The analysis of transformations for profit‐and‐loss data J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20191217
Anthony C. Atkinson; Marco Riani; Aldo CorbelliniWe analyse data on the performance of investment funds, 99 out of 309 of which report a loss, and on the profitability of 1405 firms, 407 of which report losses. The problem in both cases is to use regression to predict performance from sets of explanatory variables. In one case, it is clear from scatter plots of the data that the negative responses have a lower variance than the positive responses

Efficient data augmentation for multivariate probit models with panel data: an application to general practitioner decision making about contraceptives J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200107
Vincent Chin; David Gunawan; Denzil G. Fiebig; Robert Kohn; Scott A. SissonThe paper considers the problem of estimating a multivariate probit model in a panel data setting with emphasis on sampling a high dimensional correlation matrix and improving the overall efficiency of the data augmentation approach. We reparameterize the correlation matrix in a principled way and then carry out efficient Bayesian inference by using Hamiltonian Monte Carlo sampling. We also propose

Bayesian protein sequence and structure alignment J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200108
Christopher J. Fallaize; Peter J. Green; Kanti V. Mardia; Stuart BarberThe structure of a protein is crucial in determining its functionality and is much more conserved than sequence during evolution. A key task in structural biology is to compare protein structures to determine evolutionary relationships, to estimate the function of newly discovered structures and to predict unknown structures. We propose a Bayesian method for protein structure alignment, with the prior

Estimating seal pup production in the Greenland Sea by using Bayesian hierarchical modelling J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200123
Martin Jullum; Thordis Thorarinsdottir; Fabian E. BachlThe Greenland Sea is an important breeding ground for harp and hooded seals. Estimates of annual seal pup production are critical factors in the estimation of abundance that is needed for management of the species. These estimates are usually based on counts from aerial photographic surveys. However, only a minor part of the whelping region can be photographed, because of its large extent. To estimate

Estimation and inference in mixed effect regression models using shape constraints, with application to tree height estimation J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20191224
Xiyue Liao; Mary C. MeyerEstimation of tree height given diameter is an important part of the forest inventory analysis of the US Forest Service. Existing methods use parametric models to estimate the curve. We propose a semiparametric model in which log (height) is a smooth, increasing and concave function of diameter, with a random‐plot component and fixed effect covariates. Large sample properties and inference methods

Modelling environmental DNA data; Bayesian variable selection accounting for false positive and false negative errors J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20191227
Jim E. Griffin; Eleni Matechou; Andrew S. Buxton; Dimitrios Bormpoudakis; Richard A. GriffithsEnvironmental DNA is a survey tool with rapidly expanding applications for assessing the presence of a species at surveyed sites. Environmental DNA methodology is known to be prone to false negative and false positive errors at the data collection and laboratory analysis stages. Existing models for environmental DNA data require augmentation with additional sources of information to overcome identifiability

Using Cox regression to develop linear rank tests with zero‐inflated clustered data J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200203
Stuart R. Lipsitz; Garrett M. Fitzmaurice; Debajyoti Sinha; Alexander P. Cole; Christian P. Meyer; Quoc‐Dien TrinhZero‐inflated data arise in many fields of study. When comparing zero‐inflated data between two groups with independent subjects, a 2 degree‐of‐freedom test has been developed, which is the sum of a 1 degree‐of‐freedom Pearson χ2‐test for the 2×2 table of group versus dichotomized outcome (0,>0) and a 1 degree‐of‐freedom Wilcoxon rank sum test for the values of the outcome ‘>0’. Here, we extend this

Assessing heterogeneity in transition propensity in multistate capture–recapture data J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20191224
Anita Jeyam; Rachel McCrea; Roger PradelMultistate capture–recapture models are a useful tool to help to understand the dynamics of movement within discrete capture–recapture data. The standard multistate capture–recapture model, however, relies on assumptions of homogeneity within the population with respect to survival, capture and transition probabilities. There are many ways in which this model can be generalized so some guidance on

A flexible parametric modelling framework for survival analysis J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200220
Kevin Burke; M. C. Jones; Angela NoufailyWe introduce a general, flexible, parametric survival modelling framework which encompasses key shapes of hazard functions (constant; increasing; decreasing; up then down; down then up) and various common survival distributions (log‐logistic; Burr type XII; Weibull; Gompertz) and includes defective distributions (cure models). This generality is achieved by using four distributional parameters: two

Bayesian hierarchical modelling of growth curve derivatives via sequences of quotient differences J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200205
Garritt L. Page; María Xosé Rodríguez‐Álvarez; Dae‐Jin LeeGrowth curve studies are typically conducted to evaluate differences between group or treatment‐specific curves. Most analyses focus solely on the growth curves, but it has been argued that the derivative of growth curves can highlight differences between groups that may be masked when considering the raw curves only. Motivated by the desire to estimate derivative curves hierarchically, we introduce

Factor‐augmented Bayesian cointegration models: a case‐study on the soybean crush spread J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200122
Maciej Marowka; Gareth W. Peters; Nikolas Kantas; Guillaume BagnarosaWe investigate how vector auto‐regressive models can be used to study the soybean crush spread. By crush spread we mean a time series marking the difference between a weighted combination of the value of soymeal and soyoil to the value of the original soybeans. Commodity industry practitioners often use fixed prescribed values for these weights, which do not take into account any time‐varying effects

An optimal design for hierarchical generalized group testing J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200422
Yaakov Malinovsky; Gregory Haber; Paul S. AlbertChoosing an optimal strategy for hierarchical group testing is an important problem for practitioners who are interested in disease screening with limited resources. For example, when screening for infectious diseases in large populations, it is important to use algorithms that minimize the cost of potentially expensive assays. Black and co‐workers described this as an intractable problem unless the

A Bayesian group sequential small n sequential multiple‐assignment randomized trial J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200409
Yan‐Cheng Chao; Thomas M. Braun; Roy N. Tamura; Kelley M. KidwellA small n, sequential, multiple‐assignment, randomized trial (called ‘snSMART’) is a small sample multistage design where participants may be rerandomized to treatment on the basis of intermediate end points. This design is motivated by the ‘A randomized multicenter study for isolated skin vasculitis’ trial (NCT02939573): an on‐going snSMART design focusing on the evaluation of three drugs for isolated

A spatially varying distributed lag model with application to an air pollution and term low birth weight study. J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200330
Joshua L Warren,Thomas J Luben,Howard H ChangDistributed lag models have been used to identify critical pregnancy periods of exposure (i.e. critical exposure windows) to air pollution in studies of pregnancy outcomes. However, much of the previous work in this area has ignored the possibility of spatial variability in the lagged health effect parameters that may result from exposure characteristics and/or residual confounding. We develop a spatially

Robust and adaptive anticoagulant control J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200315
Peter Avery; Quentin Clairon; Robin Henderson; C. James Taylor; Emma WilsonWe consider a control theory approach to adaptive dose allocation of anticoagulants, based on an analysis of records of 152 patients on long‐term warfarin treatment. We consider a selection of statistical models for the relationship between the dose of drug and subsequent blood clotting speed, measured through the international normalized ratio. Our main focus is on subsequent use of the model in guiding

A novel regularized approach for functional data clustering: an application to milking kinetics in dairy goats J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200315
C. Denis; E. Lebarbier; C. Lévy‐Leduc; O. Martin; L. SansonnetMotivated by an application to the clustering of milking kinetics of dairy goats, we propose a novel approach for functional data clustering. This issue is of growing interest in precision livestock farming, which is largely based on the development of data acquisition automation and on the development of interpretative tools to capitalize on high throughput raw data and to generate benchmarks for

A joint confidence region for an overall ranking of populations J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200312
Martin Klein; Tommy Wright; Jerzy WieczorekNational statistical agencies lack statistical methodology to express uncertainty in their released estimated overall rankings. For example, the US Census Bureau produced an ‘explicit’ ranking of the states based on observed sample estimates during 2011 of mean travel time to work. Current literature provides measures of uncertainty in estimated individual ranks, but not a direct measure of uncertainty

Multiple imputation of binary multilevel missing not at random data J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200224
Angelina Hammon; Sabine ZinnWe introduce a selection model‐based multilevel imputation approach to be used within the fully conditional specification framework for multiple imputation. Concretely, we apply a censored bivariate probit model to describe binary variables assumed to be missing not at random. The first equation of the model defines the regression model for the missing data mechanism. The second equation specifies

Structured penalized regression for drug sensitivity prediction J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20200223
Zhi Zhao; Manuela ZucknickLarge‐scale in vitro drug sensitivity screens are an important tool in personalized oncology to predict the effectiveness of potential cancer drugs. The prediction of the sensitivity of cancer cell lines to a panel of drugs is a multivariate regression problem with high dimensional heterogeneous multiomics data as input data and with potentially strong correlations between the outcome variables which

Fast parameter inference in a biomechanical model of the left ventricle by using statistical emulation. J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20191126
Vinny Davies,Umberto Noè,Alan Lazarus,Hao Gao,Benn Macdonald,Colin Berry,Xiaoyu Luo,Dirk HusmeierA central problem in biomechanical studies of personalized human left ventricular modelling is estimating the material properties and biophysical parameters from in vivo clinical measurements in a timeframe that is suitable for use within a clinic. Understanding these properties can provide insight into heart function or dysfunction and help to inform personalized medicine. However, finding a solution

Improving the identification of antigenic sites in the H1N1 influenza virus through accounting for the experimental structure in a sparse hierarchical Bayesian model. J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20191011
Vinny Davies,William T Harvey,Richard Reeve,Dirk HusmeierUnderstanding how genetic changes allow emerging virus strains to escape the protection afforded by vaccination is vital for the maintenance of effective vaccines. We use structural and phylogenetic differences between pairs of virus strains to identify important antigenic sites on the surface of the influenza A(H1N1) virus through the prediction of haemagglutination inhibition (HI) titre: pairwise

Bayesian nonparametric survival regression for optimizing precision dosing of intravenous busulfan in allogeneic stem cell transplantation. J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20190831
Yanxun Xu,Peter F Thall,William Hua,Borje S AnderssonAllogeneic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT) is now part of standard of care for acute leukemia (AL). To reduce toxicity of the pretransplant conditioning regimen, intravenous busulfan is usually used as a preparative regimen for AL patients undergoing alloSCT. Systemic busulfan exposure, characterized by the area under the plasma concentration versus time curve (AUC), is strongly associated with

Comment on Laber et al. J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20190622
M Elizabeth Halloran,Michael G Hudgens 
AAA: triple adaptive Bayesian designs for the identification of optimal dose combinations in dualagent dose finding trials. J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20190614
Jiaying Lyu,Yuan Ji,Naiqing Zhao,Daniel V T CatenacciWe propose a flexible design for the identification of optimal dose combinations in dualagent dose finding clinical trials. The design is called AAA, standing for three adaptations: adaptive model selection, adaptive dose insertion and adaptive cohort division. The adaptations highlight the need and opportunity for innovation for dualagent dose finding and are supported by the numerical results presented

Optimizing natural killer cell doses for heterogeneous cancer patients on the basis of multiple event times. J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20190521
Juhee Lee,Peter F Thall,Katy RezvaniA sequentially adaptive Bayesian design is presented for a clinical trial of cord blood derived natural killer cells to treat severe hematologic malignancies. Given six prognostic subgroups defined by disease type and severity, the goal is to optimize cell dose in each subgroup. The trial has five coprimary outcomes, the times to severe toxicity, cytokine release syndrome, disease progression or response

Correlated multistate models for multiple processes: an application to renal disease progression in systemic lupus erythematosus. J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20190521
Aidan G O'Keeffe,Li Su,Vernon T FarewellBidirectional changes over time in the estimated glomerular filtration rate and in urine protein content are of interest for the treatment and management of patients with lupus nephritis. Although these processes may be modelled by separate multistate models, the processes are likely to be correlated within patients. Motivated by the lupus nephritis application, we develop a new multistate modelling

An information theoretic phase III design for molecularly targeted agents that does not require an assumption of monotonicity. J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20190423
Pavel Mozgunov,Thomas JakiFor many years phase I and phase II clinical trials have been conducted separately, but there has been a recent shift to combine these phases. Although a variety of phase III modelbased designs for cytotoxic agents have been proposed in the literature, methods for molecularly targeted agents (TAs) are just starting to develop. The main challenge of the TA setting is the unknown doseefficacy relationship

Bayesian logGaussian Cox process regression: with applications to metaanalysis of neuroimaging working memory studies. J. R. Stat. Soc. Ser. C Appl. Stat. (IF 1.59) Pub Date : 20190325
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