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S Yang, J J Lok
Coarse structural nested mean models are tools to estimate treatment effects from longitudinal observational data with time-dependent confounding. There is, however, no guidance on how to specify the treatment effect model, and model misspecification can lead to bias. We derive a goodness-of-fit test based on modified overidentification restrictions tests for evaluating a treatment effect model, and show that our test statistic is doubly-robust in the sense that, with a correct treatment effect model, the test has the correct type-I error if either the treatment initiation model or a nuisance regression outcome model is correctly specified...
September 2016: Biometrika
Peng Ding, Tyler J Vanderweele
It is often of interest to decompose the total effect of an exposure into a component that acts on the outcome through some mediator and a component that acts independently through other pathways. Said another way, we are interested in the direct and indirect effects of the exposure on the outcome. Even if the exposure is randomly assigned, it is often infeasible to randomize the mediator, leaving the mediator-outcome confounding not fully controlled. We develop a sensitivity analysis technique that can bound the direct and indirect effects without parametric assumptions about the unmeasured mediator-outcome confounding...
June 2016: Biometrika
Wang Miao, Eric J Tchetgen Tchetgen
Suppose we are interested in the mean of an outcome variable missing not at random. Suppose however that one has available a fully observed shadow variable, which is associated with the outcome but independent of the missingness process conditional on covariates and the possibly unobserved outcome. Such a variable may be a proxy or a mismeasured version of the outcome and is available for all individuals. We have previously established necessary and sufficient conditions for identification of the full data law in such a setting, and have described semiparametric estimators including a doubly robust estimator of the outcome mean...
June 2016: Biometrika
Jae Kwang Kim, Yongchan Kwon, Myunghee Cho Paik
Weighting adjustment is commonly used in survey sampling to correct for unit nonresponse. In cluster sampling, the missingness indicators are often correlated within clusters and the response mechanism is subject to cluster-specific nonignorable missingness. Based on a parametric working model for the response mechanism that incorporates cluster-specific nonignorable missingness, we propose a method of weighting adjustment. We provide a consistent estimator of the mean or totals in cases where the study variable follows a generalized linear mixed-effects model...
June 2016: Biometrika
M Oguz-Alper, Y G Berger
Survey data are often collected with unequal probabilities from a stratified population. In many modelling situations, the parameter of interest is a subset of a set of parameters, with the others treated as nuisance parameters. We show that in this situation the empirical likelihood ratio statistic follows a chi-squared distribution asymptotically, under stratified single and multi-stage unequal probability sampling, with negligible sampling fractions. Simulation studies show that the empirical likelihood confidence interval may achieve better coverages and has more balanced tail error rates than standard approaches involving variance estimation, linearization or resampling...
June 2016: Biometrika
C Hennig, C Viroli
Classification with small samples of high-dimensional data is important in many application areas. Quantile classifiers are distance-based classifiers that require a single parameter, regardless of the dimension, and classify observations according to a sum of weighted componentwise distances of the components of an observation to the within-class quantiles. An optimal percentage for the quantiles can be chosen by minimizing the misclassification error in the training sample. It is shown that this choice is consistent for the classification rule with the asymptotically optimal quantile and that under some assumptions, as the number of variables goes to infinity, the probability of correct classification converges to unity...
June 2016: Biometrika
G Alexandrovich, H Holzmann, A Leister
Nonparametric identification and maximum likelihood estimation for finite-state hidden Markov models are investigated. We obtain identification of the parameters as well as the order of the Markov chain if the transition probability matrices have full-rank and are ergodic, and if the state-dependent distributions are all distinct, but not necessarily linearly independent. Based on this identification result, we develop a nonparametric maximum likelihood estimation theory. First, we show that the asymptotic contrast, the Kullback-Leibler divergence of the hidden Markov model, also identifies the true parameter vector nonparametrically...
June 2016: Biometrika
Ting Fung Ma, Chun Yip Yau
This paper develops a composite likelihood-based approach for multiple changepoint estimation in multivariate time series. We derive a criterion based on pairwise likelihood and minimum description length for estimating the number and locations of changepoints and for performing model selection in each segment. The number and locations of the changepoints can be consistently estimated under mild conditions and the computation can be conducted efficiently with a pruned dynamic programming algorithm. Simulation studies and real data examples demonstrate the statistical and computational efficiency of the proposed method...
June 2016: Biometrika
E Olusegun George, Kyeongmi Cheon, Yilian Yuan, Aniko Szabo
We derive an expression for the joint distribution of exchangeable multinomial random variables, which generalizes the multinomial distribution based on independent trials while retaining some of its important properties. Unlike de Finneti's representation theorem for a binary sequence, the exchangeable multinomial distribution derived here does not require that the finite set of random variables under consideration be a subset of an infinite sequence. Using expressions for higher moments and correlations, we show that the covariance matrix for exchangeable multinomial data has a different form from that usually assumed in the literature, and we analyse data from developmental toxicology studies...
June 2016: Biometrika
Jeng-Min Chiou, Hans-Georg Müller
Functional data vectors consisting of samples of multivariate data where each component is a random function are encountered increasingly often but have not yet been comprehensively investigated. We introduce a simple pairwise interaction model that leads to an interpretable and straightforward decomposition of multivariate functional data and of their variation into component-specific processes and pairwise interaction processes. The latter quantify the degree of pairwise interactions between the components of the functional data vectors, while the component-specific processes reflect the functional variation of a particular functional vector component that cannot be explained by the other components...
June 2016: Biometrika
Shu-Ching Chang, Dale L Zimmerman
Antedependence models, also known as transition models, have proven to be useful for longitudinal data exhibiting serial correlation, especially when the variances and/or same-lag correlations are time-varying. Statistical inference procedures associated with normal antedependence models are well-developed and have many nice properties, but they are not appropriate for longitudinal data that exhibit considerable skewness. We propose two direct extensions of normal antedependence models to skew-normal antedependence models...
June 2016: Biometrika
Marco Singer, Tatyana Krivobokova, Axel Munk, Bert de Groot
We consider the partial least squares algorithm for dependent data and study the consequences of ignoring the dependence both theoretically and numerically. Ignoring nonstationary dependence structures can lead to inconsistent estimation, but a simple modification yields consistent estimation. A protein dynamics example illustrates the superior predictive power of the proposed method.
June 2016: Biometrika
S A Kharroubi, T J Sweeting
We use exponential tilting to obtain versions of asymptotic formulae for Bayesian computation that do not involve conditional maxima of the likelihood function, yielding a more stable computational procedure and significantly reducing computational time. In particular we present an alternative version of the Laplace approximation for a marginal posterior density. Implementation of the asymptotic formulae and a modified signed root based importance sampler are illustrated with an example.
June 2016: Biometrika
Vinayak Rao, Lizhen Lin, David B Dunson
We present a data augmentation scheme to perform Markov chain Monte Carlo inference for models where data generation involves a rejection sampling algorithm. Our idea is a simple scheme to instantiate the rejected proposals preceding each data point. The resulting joint probability over observed and rejected variables can be much simpler than the marginal distribution over the observed variables, which often involves intractable integrals. We consider three problems: modelling flow-cytometry measurements subject to truncation; the Bayesian analysis of the matrix Langevin distribution on the Stiefel manifold; and Bayesian inference for a nonparametric Gaussian process density model...
June 2016: Biometrika
Clément Dombry, Sebastian Engelke, Marco Oesting
Max-stable processes play an important role as models for spatial extreme events. Their complex structure as the pointwise maximum over an infinite number of random functions makes their simulation difficult. Algorithms based on finite approximations are often inexact and computationally inefficient. We present a new algorithm for exact simulation of a max-stable process at a finite number of locations. It relies on the idea of simulating only the extremal functions, that is, those functions in the construction of a max-stable process that effectively contribute to the pointwise maximum...
June 2016: Biometrika
Yan Zhou, Peter X-K Song
This paper concerns regression methodology for assessing relationships between multi-dimensional response variables and covariates that are correlated within a network. To address analytical challenges associated with the integration of network topology into the regression analysis, we propose a hybrid quadratic inference method that uses both prior and data-driven correlations among network nodes. A Godambe information-based tuning strategy is developed to allocate weights between the prior and data-driven network structures, so the estimator is efficient...
June 2016: Biometrika
Kwun Chuen Gary Chan, Jing Qin
We study nonparametric maximum likelihood estimation for the distribution of spherical radii using samples containing a mixture of one-dimensional, two-dimensional biased and three-dimensional unbiased observations. Since direct maximization of the likelihood function is intractable, we propose an expectation-maximization algorithm for implementing the estimator, which handles an indirect measurement problem and a sampling bias problem separately in the E- and M-steps, and circumvents the need to solve an Abel-type integral equation, which creates numerical instability in the one-sample problem...
June 2016: Biometrika
Donglin Zeng, Lu Mao, D Y Lin
Interval censoring arises frequently in clinical, epidemiological, financial and sociological studies, where the event or failure of interest is known only to occur within an interval induced by periodic monitoring. We formulate the effects of potentially time-dependent covariates on the interval-censored failure time through a broad class of semiparametric transformation models that encompasses proportional hazards and proportional odds models. We consider nonparametric maximum likelihood estimation for this class of models with an arbitrary number of monitoring times for each subject...
June 2016: Biometrika
R L Prentice
The Clayton-Oakes bivariate failure time model is extended to dimensions m > 2 in a manner that allows unspecified marginal survivor functions for all dimensions less than m. Special cases that allow unspecified marginal survivor functions of dimension q with q < m, while making some provisions for dependencies of dimension greater than q, are also described.
March 2016: Biometrika
Kelin Xu, Wensheng Guo, Momiao Xiong, Liping Zhu, Li Jin
Sufficient dimension reduction has been extensively explored in the context of independent and identically distributed data. In this article we generalize sufficient dimension reduction to longitudinal data and propose an estimating equation approach to estimating the central mean subspace. The proposed method accounts for the covariance structure within each subject and improves estimation efficiency when the covariance structure is correctly specified. Even if the covariance structure is misspecified, our estimator remains consistent...
March 2016: Biometrika
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