Penalized Nonparametric Scalar-On-Function Regression Via Principal Coordinates, 2016 New York University School of Medicine

#### Penalized Nonparametric Scalar-On-Function Regression Via Principal Coordinates, Philip T. Reiss, David L. Miller, Pei-Shien Wu, Wen-Yu Hua

*Philip T. Reiss*

Estimating Consumers' Valuation Of Organic And Cosmetically Damaged Apples, 2016 Iowa State University

#### Estimating Consumers' Valuation Of Organic And Cosmetically Damaged Apples, Chenyan Yue, Helen H. Jensen, Daren S. Mueller, Gail R. Nonnecke, Douglas Bonnet, Mark L. Gleason

*Helen Jensen*

The sooty blotch and flyspeck (SBFS) disease complex causes cosmetic damage but does not affect the safety or eating quality of apples. Treatment for disease is more difficult and costly for organic producers, and consumers' willingness to pay for organic apples needs to be considered in growers' choice of production technologies. A mixed probit model was applied to survey data to evaluate consumers' willingness to buy apples. The results show consumers will pay a premium for organic production methods and for apples with low amounts of SBFS damage. Behavioral variables such as experience growing fruit significantly affect the willingness to ...

Rao-Lovric And The Triwizard Point Null Hypothesis Tournament, 2016 Wayne State University

#### Rao-Lovric And The Triwizard Point Null Hypothesis Tournament, Shlomo Sawilowsky

*Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods*

The debate if the point null hypothesis is ever literally true cannot be resolved, because there are three competing statistical systems claiming ownership of the construct. The local resolution depends on personal acclimatization to a Fisherian, Frequentist, or Bayesian orientation (or an unexpected fourth champion if decision theory is allowed to compete). Implications of Rao and Lovric’s proposed Hodges-Lehman paradigm are discussed in the Appendix.

Censoring Unbiased Regression Trees And Ensembles, 2016 Department of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

#### Censoring Unbiased Regression Trees And Ensembles, Jon Arni Steingrimsson, Liqun Diao, Robert L. Strawderman

*Johns Hopkins University, Dept. of Biostatistics Working Papers*

This paper proposes a novel approach to building regression trees and ensemble learning in survival analysis. By first extending the theory of censoring unbiased transformations, we construct observed data estimators of full data loss functions in cases where responses can be right censored. This theory is used to construct two specific classes of methods for building regression trees and regression ensembles that respectively make use of Buckley-James and doubly robust estimating equations for a given full data risk function. For the particular case of squared error loss, we further show how to implement these algorithms using existing software (e.g ...

Matching The Efficiency Gains Of The Logistic Regression Estimator While Avoiding Its Interpretability Problems, In Randomized Trials, 2016 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics

#### Matching The Efficiency Gains Of The Logistic Regression Estimator While Avoiding Its Interpretability Problems, In Randomized Trials, Michael Rosenblum, Jon Arni Steingrimsson

*Johns Hopkins University, Dept. of Biostatistics Working Papers*

Adjusting for prognostic baseline variables can lead to improved power in randomized trials. For binary outcomes, a logistic regression estimator is commonly used for such adjustment. This has resulted in substantial efficiency gains in practice, e.g., gains equivalent to reducing the required sample size by 20-28% were observed in a recent survey of traumatic brain injury trials. Robinson and Jewell (1991) proved that the logistic regression estimator is guaranteed to have equal or better asymptotic efficiency compared to the unadjusted estimator (which ignores baseline variables). Unfortunately, the logistic regression estimator has the following dangerous vulnerabilities: it is only interpretable ...

A Synthesis Of Current Surveillance Planning Methods For The Sequential Monitoring Of Drug And Vaccine Adverse Effects Using Electronic Health Care Data, 2016 Group Health Research Institute; University of Washington

#### A Synthesis Of Current Surveillance Planning Methods For The Sequential Monitoring Of Drug And Vaccine Adverse Effects Using Electronic Health Care Data, Jennifer C. Nelson, Robert Wellman, Onchee Yu, Andrea J. Cook, Judith C. Maro, Rita Ouellet-Hellstrom, Denise Boudreau, James S. Floyd, Susan R. Heckbert, Simone Pinheiro, Marsha Reichman, Azadeh Shoaibi

*eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes)*

**Introduction:** The large-scale assembly of electronic health care data combined with the use of sequential monitoring has made proactive postmarket drug- and vaccine-safety surveillance possible. Although sequential designs have been used extensively in randomized trials, less attention has been given to methods for applying them in observational electronic health care database settings.

**Existing Methods:** We review current sequential-surveillance planning methods from randomized trials, and the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) and Mini-Sentinel Pilot projects—two national observational electronic health care database safety monitoring programs.

**Future Surveillance Planning:** Based on this examination, we suggest three steps for future surveillance planning in health ...

Advances In Portmanteau Diagnostic Tests, 2016 The University of Western Ontario

#### Advances In Portmanteau Diagnostic Tests, Jinkun Xiao

*Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository*

Portmanteau test serves an important role in model diagnostics for Box-Jenkins Modelling procedures. A large number of Portmanteau test based on the autocorrelation function are proposed for a general purpose goodness-of-fit test. Since the asymptotic distributions for the statistics has a complicated form which makes it hard to obtain the p-value directly, the gamma approximation is introduced to obtain the p-value. But the approximation will inevitably introduce approximation errors and needs a large number of observations to yield a good approximation. To avoid some pitfalls in the approximation, the Lin-Mcleod Test is further proposed to obtain a numeric solution to ...

Improving Precision By Adjusting For Baseline Variables In Randomized Trials With Binary Outcomes, Without Regression Model Assumptions, 2016 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

#### Improving Precision By Adjusting For Baseline Variables In Randomized Trials With Binary Outcomes, Without Regression Model Assumptions, Jon Arni Steingrimsson, Daniel F. Hanley, Michael Rosenblum

*Johns Hopkins University, Dept. of Biostatistics Working Papers*

In randomized clinical trials with baseline variables that are prognostic for the primary outcome, there is potential to improve precision and reduce sample size by appropriately adjusting for these variables. A major challenge is that there are multiple statistical methods to adjust for baseline variables, but little guidance on which is best to use in a given context. The choice of method can have important consequences. For example, one commonly used method leads to uninterpretable estimates if there is any treatment effect heterogeneity, which would jeopardize the validity of trial conclusions. We give practical guidance on how to avoid this ...

After Halliburton: Event Studies And Their Role In Federal Securities Fraud Litigation, 2016 University of Pennsylvania Law School

#### After Halliburton: Event Studies And Their Role In Federal Securities Fraud Litigation, Jill E. Fisch, Jonah B. Gelbach, Jonathan Klick

*Jill Fisch*

Event studies have become increasingly important in securities fraud litigation after the Supreme Court’s decision in *Halliburton II*. Litigants have used event study methodology, which empirically analyzes the relationship between the disclosure of corporate information and the issuer’s stock price, to provide evidence in the evaluation of key elements of federal securities fraud, including materiality, reliance, causation, and damages. As the use of event studies grows and they increasingly serve a gatekeeping function in determining whether litigation will proceed beyond a preliminary stage, it will be critical for courts to use them correctly.

This Article explores an array ...

After Halliburton: Event Studies And Their Role In Federal Securities Fraud Litigation, 2016 University of Pennsylvania Law School

#### After Halliburton: Event Studies And Their Role In Federal Securities Fraud Litigation, Jill E. Fisch, Jonah B. Gelbach, Jonathan Klick

*Jill Fisch*

Event studies have become increasingly important in securities fraud litigation after the Supreme Court’s decision in *Halliburton II*. Litigants have used event study methodology, which empirically analyzes the relationship between the disclosure of corporate information and the issuer’s stock price, to provide evidence in the evaluation of key elements of federal securities fraud, including materiality, reliance, causation, and damages. As the use of event studies grows and they increasingly serve a gatekeeping function in determining whether litigation will proceed beyond a preliminary stage, it will be critical for courts to use them correctly.

This Article explores an array ...

After Halliburton: Event Studies And Their Role In Federal Securities Fraud Litigation, 2016 University of Pennsylvania Law School

#### After Halliburton: Event Studies And Their Role In Federal Securities Fraud Litigation, Jill E. Fisch, Jonah B. Gelbach, Jonathan Klick

*Faculty Scholarship*

Event studies have become increasingly important in securities fraud litigation after the Supreme Court’s decision in *Halliburton II*. Litigants have used event study methodology, which empirically analyzes the relationship between the disclosure of corporate information and the issuer’s stock price, to provide evidence in the evaluation of key elements of federal securities fraud, including materiality, reliance, causation, and damages. As the use of event studies grows and they increasingly serve a gatekeeping function in determining whether litigation will proceed beyond a preliminary stage, it will be critical for courts to use them correctly.

This Article explores an array ...

Newsvendor Models With Monte Carlo Sampling, 2016 East Tennessee State University

#### Newsvendor Models With Monte Carlo Sampling, Ijeoma W. Ekwegh

*Electronic Theses and Dissertations*

Newsvendor Models with Monte Carlo Sampling by Ijeoma Winifred Ekwegh The newsvendor model is used in solving inventory problems in which demand is random. In this thesis, we will focus on a method of using Monte Carlo sampling to estimate the order quantity that will either maximizes revenue or minimizes cost given that demand is uncertain. Given data, the Monte Carlo approach will be used in sampling data over scenarios and also estimating the probability density function. A bootstrapping process yields an empirical distribution for the order quantity that will maximize the expected proﬁt. Finally, this method will be used ...

Sensitivity Of Trial Performance To Delay Outcomes, Accrual Rates, And Prognostic Variables Based On A Simulated Randomized Trial With Adaptive Enrichment, 2016 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics

#### Sensitivity Of Trial Performance To Delay Outcomes, Accrual Rates, And Prognostic Variables Based On A Simulated Randomized Trial With Adaptive Enrichment, Tiachen Qian, Elizabeth Colantuoni, Aaron Fisher, Michael Rosenblum

*Johns Hopkins University, Dept. of Biostatistics Working Papers*

Adaptive enrichment designs involve rules for restricting enrollment to a subset of the population during the course of an ongoing trial. This can be used to target those who benefit from the experimental treatment. To leverage prognostic information in baseline variables and short-term outcomes, we use a semiparametric, locally efficient estimator, and investigate its strengths and limitations compared to standard estimators. Through simulation studies, we assess how sensitive the trial performance (Type I error, power, expected sample size, trial duration) is to different design characteristics. Our simulation distributions mimic features of data from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, and ...

Variable Selection For Estimating The Optimal Treatment Regimes In The Presence Of A Large Number Of Covariate, 2016 School of Statistics, Renmin University

#### Variable Selection For Estimating The Optimal Treatment Regimes In The Presence Of A Large Number Of Covariate, Baqun Zhang, Min Zhang

*The University of Michigan Department of Biostatistics Working Paper Series*

Most of existing methods for optimal treatment regimes, with few exceptions, focus on estimation and are not designed for variable selection with the objective of optimizing treatment decisions. In clinical trials and observational studies, often numerous baseline variables are collected and variable selection is essential for deriving reliable optimal treatment regimes. Although many variable selection methods exist, they mostly focus on selecting variables that are important for prediction (predictive variables) instead of variables that have a qualitative interaction with treatment (prescriptive variables) and hence are important for making treatment decisions. We propose a variable selection method within a general classification ...

Using A Data Quality Framework To Clean Data Extracted From The Electronic Health Record: A Case Study., 2016 University of Colorado, College of Nursing, Anschutz Medical Campus

#### Using A Data Quality Framework To Clean Data Extracted From The Electronic Health Record: A Case Study., Oliwier Dziadkowiec, Tiffany Callahan, Mustafa Ozkaynak, Blaine Reeder, John Welton

*eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes)*

**Objectives**: Examine (1) the appropriateness of using a data quality (DQ) framework developed for relational databases as a data-cleaning tool for a dataset extracted from two EPIC databases; and (2) the differences in statistical parameter estimates on a dataset cleaned with the DQ framework and dataset not cleaned with the DQ framework.

**Background:** The use of data contained within electronic health records (EHRs) has the potential to open doors for a new wave of innovative research. Without adequate preparation of such large datasets for analysis, the results might be erroneous, which might affect clinical decision making or results of Comparative ...

Testing Homogeneity In Semiparametric Mixture Case-Control Models, 2016 Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

#### Testing Homogeneity In Semiparametric Mixture Case-Control Models, C Z. Di, G Kc Chan, C Zheng, Ky Liang

*Chongzhi Di*

Combined Computational-Experimental Design Of High-Temperature, High-Intensity Permanent Magnetic Alloys With Minimal Addition Of Rare-Earth Elements, 2016 Florida International University

#### Combined Computational-Experimental Design Of High-Temperature, High-Intensity Permanent Magnetic Alloys With Minimal Addition Of Rare-Earth Elements, Rajesh Jha

*FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations*

AlNiCo magnets are known for high-temperature stability and superior corrosion resistance and have been widely used for various applications. Reported magnetic energy density ((BH) _{max}) for these magnets is around 10 MGOe. Theoretical calculations show that ((BH) _{max}) of 20 MGOe is achievable which will be helpful in covering the gap between AlNiCo and Rare-Earth Elements (REE) based magnets. An extended family of AlNiCo alloys was studied in this dissertation that consists of eight elements, and hence it is important to determine composition-property relationship between each of the alloying elements and their influence on the bulk properties.

In the present ...

Propensity Score Methods : A Simulation And Case Study Involving Breast Cancer Patients., 2016 University of Louisville

#### Propensity Score Methods : A Simulation And Case Study Involving Breast Cancer Patients., John Craycroft

*Electronic Theses and Dissertations*

Observational data presents unique challenges for analysis that are not encountered with experimental data resulting from carefully designed randomized controlled trials. Selection bias and unbalanced treatment assignments can obscure estimations of treatment effects, making the process of causal inference from observational data highly problematic. In 1983, Paul Rosenbaum and Donald Rubin formalized an approach for analyzing observational data that adjusts treatment effect estimates for the set of non-treatment variables that are measured at baseline. The propensity score is the conditional probability of assignment to a treatment group given the covariates. Using this score, one may balance the covariates across treatment ...

Stochastic Optimization Of Adaptive Enrichment Designs For Two Subpopulations, 2016 Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

#### Stochastic Optimization Of Adaptive Enrichment Designs For Two Subpopulations, Aaron Fisher, Michael Rosenblum

*Johns Hopkins University, Dept. of Biostatistics Working Papers*

An adaptive enrichment design is a randomized trial that allows enrollment criteria to be modified at interim analyses, based on preset decision rules. When there is prior uncertainty regarding treatment effect heterogeneity, these trials can provide improved power for detecting treatment effects in subpopulations. An obstacle to using these designs is that there is no general approach to determine what decision rules and other design parameters will lead to good performance for a given research problem. To address this, we present a simulated annealing approach for optimizing the parameters of an adaptive enrichment design for a given scientific application. Optimization ...

A Weighted Instrumental Variable Estimator To Control For Instrument-Outcome Confounders, 2016 The University Of Michigan

#### A Weighted Instrumental Variable Estimator To Control For Instrument-Outcome Confounders, Douglas Lehmann, Yun Li, Rajiv Saran, Yi Li

*The University of Michigan Department of Biostatistics Working Paper Series*

No abstract provided.