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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145511/crowdsourcing-prior-information-to-improve-study-design-and-data-analysis
#1
Jeffrey S Chrabaszcz, Joe W Tidwell, Michael R Dougherty
Though Bayesian methods are being used more frequently, many still struggle with the best method for setting priors with novel measures or task environments. We propose a method for setting priors by eliciting continuous probability distributions from naive participants. This allows us to include any relevant information participants have for a given effect. Even when prior means are near-zero, this method provides a principle way to estimate dispersion and produce shrinkage, reducing the occurrence of overestimated effect sizes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145284/effectiveness-of-bariatric-surgical-procedures-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#2
Jenny H Kang, Quang A Le
BACKGROUND: Bariatric surgery has proved to be an effective strategy in treating obesity. However, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of 3 most common bariatric surgery procedures, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), sleeve gastrectomy (SG), and laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB), reported inconsistent results. We performed a systematic review and network meta-analysis to synthesize evidence of effectiveness of the 3 common bariatric procedures from relevant RCTs. METHODS: The present study was a systematic review and network meta-analysis of RCTs...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145086/active-learning-for-classifying-data-streams-with-unknown-number-of-classes
#3
Saad Mohamad, Moamar Sayed-Mouchaweh, Abdelhamid Bouchachia
The classification of data streams is an interesting but also a challenging problem. A data stream may grow infinitely making it impractical for storage prior to processing and classification. Due to its dynamic nature, the underlying distribution of the data stream may change over time resulting in the so-called concept drift or the possible emergence and fading of classes, known as concept evolution. In addition, acquiring labels of data samples in a stream is admittedly expensive if not infeasible at all...
October 27, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143611/one-or-two-serological-assay-testing-strategy-for-diagnosis-of-hbv-and-hcv-infection-the-use-of-predictive-modelling
#4
John V Parry, Philippa Easterbrook, Anita R Sands
BACKGROUND: Initial serological testing for chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is conducted using either rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) or laboratory-based enzyme immunoassays (EIA)s for detection of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) or antibodies to HCV (anti-HCV), typically on serum or plasma specimens and, for certain RDTs, capillary whole blood. WHO recommends the use of standardized testing strategies - defined as a sequence of one or more assays to maximize testing accuracy while simplifying the testing process and ideally minimizing cost...
November 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143224/investigation-of-dna-transfer-onto-clothing-during-regular-daily-activities
#5
Travis Ruan, Mark Barash, Peter Gunn, David Bruce
Low levels of DNA from an unidentified human source, often referred to as trace DNA, are ubiquitous, can be transferred onto objects by either direct or indirect methods and have an unknown longevity in situ. Clothing items from crime scenes are often submitted for trace DNA analysis, usually in attempt to identify a person of interest. This study examined the transfer of DNA onto three 10 × 10 cm areas located on the front, back and shoulder of an individual's external clothing (n = 300) during a regular day's activity...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142136/size-composition-and-evolution-of-hiv-dna-populations-during-early-antiretroviral-therapy-and-intensification-with-maraviroc
#6
Antoine Chaillon, Sara Gianella, Steven M Lada, Josué Perez-Santiago, Parris Jordan, Caroline Ignacio, Maile Karris, Douglas Richman, Sanjay R Mehta, Susan J Little, Joel O Wertheim, Davey M Smith
Residual viremia is common during antiretroviral therapy (ART), and could be caused by ongoing low-level virus replication or by release of viral particles from infected cells. ART Intensification should impact ongoing viral propagation but not virion release. Eighteen acutely infected men were enrolled in a randomized controlled trial, and followed for a median of 107 weeks. Participants started ART with (n=9) or without (n=9) intensification with maraviroc (MVC) within 90 days of infection. Levels of HIV DNA and cell-free RNA were quantified by droplet digital PCR...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142017/modelling-the-effects-of-phylogeny-and-body-size-on-within-host-pathogen-replication-and-immune-response
#7
Soumya Banerjee, Alan S Perelson, Melanie Moses
Understanding how quickly pathogens replicate and how quickly the immune system responds is important for predicting the epidemic spread of emerging pathogens. Host body size, through its correlation with metabolic rates, is theoretically predicted to impact pathogen replication rates and immune system response rates. Here, we use mathematical models of viral time courses from multiple species of birds infected by a generalist pathogen (West Nile Virus; WNV) to test more thoroughly how disease progression and immune response depend on mass and host phylogeny...
November 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141631/detection-of-rabbit-haemorrhagic-disease-virus-2-during-the-wild-rabbit-oryctolagus-cuniculus-eradication-from-the-berlengas-archipelago-portugal
#8
F A Abade Dos Santos, C Carvalho, Oliveira Nuno, J J Correia, M Henriques, M C Peleteiro, M Fevereiro, M D Duarte
BACKGROUND: In the regular wildlife monitoring action carried out in the summer of the past few years at the Berlenga Island, wild rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) have been repeatedly found dead. However, the origin of those deaths was never investigated. Our aim was to investigate the cause of death of 11 rabbits collected between April and May 2016. RESULTS: While screening samples from rabbit carcasses for the major viral rabbit pathogens, five tested positive to RHDV2 but all were negative for RHDV and myxoma virus (MYXV)...
November 15, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141579/a-missense-variant-in-the-coil1a-domain-of-the-keratin-25-gene-is-associated-with-the-dominant-curly-hair-coat-trait-crd-in-horse
#9
Caroline Morgenthaler, Mathieu Diribarne, Aurélien Capitan, Rachel Legendre, Romain Saintilan, Maïlys Gilles, Diane Esquerré, Rytis Juras, Anas Khanshour, Laurent Schibler, Gus Cothran
BACKGROUND: Curly horses present a variety of curl phenotypes that are associated with various degrees of curliness of coat, mane, tail and ear hairs. Their origin is still a matter of debate and several genetic hypotheses have been formulated to explain the diversity in phenotype, including the combination of autosomal dominant and recessive alleles. Our purpose was to map the autosomal dominant curly hair locus and identify the causal variant using genome-wide association study (GWAS) and whole-genome sequencing approaches...
November 15, 2017: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140991/a-bayesian-method-for-detecting-pairwise-associations-in-compositional-data
#10
Emma Schwager, Himel Mallick, Steffen Ventz, Curtis Huttenhower
Compositional data consist of vectors of proportions normalized to a constant sum from a basis of unobserved counts. The sum constraint makes inference on correlations between unconstrained features challenging due to the information loss from normalization. However, such correlations are of long-standing interest in fields including ecology. We propose a novel Bayesian framework (BAnOCC: Bayesian Analysis of Compositional Covariance) to estimate a sparse precision matrix through a LASSO prior. The resulting posterior, generated by MCMC sampling, allows uncertainty quantification of any function of the precision matrix, including the correlation matrix...
November 15, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140792/a-bayesian-hierarchical-model-for-identifying-significant-polygenic-effects-while-controlling-for-confounding-and-repeated-measures
#11
Christopher McMahan, James Baurley, William Bridges, Chase Joyner, Muhamad Fitra Kacamarga, Robert Lund, Carissa Pardamean, Bens Pardamean
Genomic studies of plants often seek to identify genetic factors associated with desirable traits. The process of evaluating genetic markers one by one (i.e. a marginal analysis) may not identify important polygenic and environmental effects. Further, confounding due to growing conditions/factors and genetic similarities among plant varieties may influence conclusions. When developing new plant varieties to optimize yield or thrive in future adverse conditions (e.g. flood, drought), scientists seek a complete understanding of how the factors influence desirable traits...
November 15, 2017: Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140482/estimating-autoantibody-signatures-to-detect-autoimmune-disease-patient-subsets
#12
Zhenke Wu, Livia Casciola-Rosen, Ami A Shah, Antony Rosen, Scott L Zeger
Autoimmune diseases are characterized by highly specific immune responses against molecules in self-tissues. Different autoimmune diseases are characterized by distinct immune responses, making autoantibodies useful for diagnosis and prediction. In many diseases, the targets of autoantibodies are incompletely defined. Although the technologies for autoantibody discovery have advanced dramatically over the past decade, each of these techniques generates hundreds of possibilities, which are onerous and expensive to validate...
November 13, 2017: Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139606/two-stage-model-for-multivariate-longitudinal-and-survival-data-with-application-to-nephrology-research
#13
Ipek Guler, Christel Faes, Carmen Cadarso-Suárez, Laetitia Teixeira, Anabela Rodrigues, Denisa Mendonça
In many follow-up studies different types of outcomes are collected including longitudinal measurements and time-to-event outcomes. Commonly, it is of interest to study the association between them. Joint modeling approaches of a single longitudinal outcome and survival process have recently gained increasing attention from both frequentist and Bayesian perspective. However, in many studies several longitudinal biomarkers are of interest and instead of selecting one single biomarker, the relationships between all these outcomes and their association with survival needs to be investigated...
November 2017: Biometrical Journal. Biometrische Zeitschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138952/age-estimation-by-assessment-of-pulp-chamber-volume-a-bayesian-network-for-the-evaluation-of-dental-evidence
#14
Emanuele Sironi, Franco Taroni, Claudio Baldinotti, Cosimo Nardi, Gian-Aristide Norelli, Matteo Gallidabino, Vilma Pinchi
PURPOSE: The present study aimed to investigate the performance of a Bayesian method in the evaluation of dental age-related evidence collected by means of a geometrical approximation procedure of the pulp chamber volume. Measurement of this volume was based on three-dimensional cone beam computed tomography images. METHODS: The Bayesian method was applied by means of a probabilistic graphical model, namely a Bayesian network. Performance of that method was investigated in terms of accuracy and bias of the decisional outcomes...
November 14, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138300/high-zika-virus-seroprevalence-in-salvador-northeastern-brazil-limits-the-potential-for-further-outbreaks
#15
Eduardo Martins Netto, Andres Moreira-Soto, Celia Pedroso, Christoph Höser, Sebastian Funk, Adam J Kucharski, Alexandra Rockstroh, Beate M Kümmerer, Gilmara Souza Sampaio, Estela Luz, Sara Nunes Vaz, Juarez Pereira Dias, Fernanda Anjos Bastos, Renata Cabral, Thomas Kistemann, Sebastian Ulbert, Xavier de Lamballerie, Thomas Jaenisch, Oliver J Brady, Christian Drosten, Manoel Sarno, Carlos Brites, Jan Felix Drexler
During 2015 to 2016, Brazil reported more Zika virus (ZIKV) cases than any other country, yet population exposure remains unknown. Serological studies of ZIKV are hampered by cross-reactive immune responses against heterologous viruses. We conducted serosurveys for ZIKV, dengue virus (DENV), and Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) in 633 individuals prospectively sampled during 2015 to 2016, including microcephaly and non-microcephaly pregnancies, HIV-infected patients, tuberculosis patients, and university staff in Salvador in northeastern Brazil using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) and plaque reduction neutralization tests...
November 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137370/comparative-efficacy-and-safety-of-immune-checkpoint-inhibitor-related-therapies-for-advanced-melanoma-a-bayesian-network-analysis
#16
Xin Li, Junpeng Wang, Yun Yao, Lei Yang, Zhiqin Li, Cheng Yu, Peiyan Zhao, Yongli Yu, Liying Wang
Objectives: We aimed to compare and rank the effects of 9 immune checkpoint inhibitor-related therapies for treating advanced melanoma. Methods: We searched Pubmed, Cochrane databases, Web of Science, and ClinicalTrials.gov for randomized controlled trials of the immune checkpoint inhibitor-related treatments for advanced melanoma. Analysis was done on a Bayesian framework. Results: Twelve trials including 5413 patients were identified. Ipilimumab plus nivolumab, nivolumab, and pembrolizumab were significantly more efficacious for progression-free survival (PFS) than ipilimumab (hazard ratio [HR], 0...
October 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137339/meta-analysis-of-differences-in-constant-murley-scores-for-three-mid-shaft-clavicular-fracture-treatments
#17
Wei Jiang, Hua Wang, Yu-Sheng Li, Tian-Jian Zhou, Xin-Jia Hu
There is no consensus on the optimal treatment for mid-shaft clavicular fracture. We conducted a meta-analysis to compare the effectiveness of non-operative treatment, plate fixation, and intramedullary pin fixation in terms of the Constant-Murley Score (CMS) for treatment of mid-shaft clavicular fracture. Comprehensive search of the Embase, Cochrane Library and PubMed was conducted to retrieve relevant randomized controlled trials (RCTs). A random-effect network meta-analysis was conducted within a Bayesian framework using Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) in OpenBUGS 3...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137194/integrated-display-and-simulation-for-automatic-dependent-surveillance-broadcast-and-traffic-collision-avoidance-system-data-fusion
#18
Yanran Wang, Gang Xiao, Zhouyun Dai
Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is the direction of airspace surveillance development. Research analyzing the benefits of Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) and ADS-B data fusion is almost absent. The paper proposes an ADS-B minimum system from ADS-B In and ADS-B Out. In ADS-B In, a fusion model with a variable sampling Variational Bayesian-Interacting Multiple Model (VSVB-IMM) algorithm is proposed for integrated display and an airspace traffic situation display is developed by using ADS-B information...
November 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137137/a-comparison-of-fpga-and-gpgpu-designs-for-bayesian-occupancy-filters
#19
Luis Medina, Miguel Diez-Ochoa, Raul Correal, Sergio Cuenca-Asensi, Alejandro Serrano, Jorge Godoy, Antonio Martínez-Álvarez, Jorge Villagra
Grid-based perception techniques in the automotive sector based on fusing information from different sensors and their robust perceptions of the environment are proliferating in the industry. However, one of the main drawbacks of these techniques is the traditionally prohibitive, high computing performance that is required for embedded automotive systems. In this work, the capabilities of new computing architectures that embed these algorithms are assessed in a real car. The paper compares two ad hoc optimized designs of the Bayesian Occupancy Filter; one for General Purpose Graphics Processing Unit (GPGPU) and the other for Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)...
November 11, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136595/modeling-the-temporal-dynamics-of-intertidal-benthic-infauna-biomass-with-environmental-factors-impact-assessment-of-land-reclamation
#20
Ye Yang, Ting Fong May Chui, Ping Ping Shen, Yang Yang, Ji Dong Gu
Anthropogenic activities such as land reclamation are threatening tidal marshes worldwide. This study's hypothesis is that land reclamation in a semi-enclosed bay alters the seasonal dynamics of intertidal benthic infauna, which is a key component in the tidal marsh ecosystem. Mai Po Tidal Marsh, Deep Bay, Pearl River Estuary, China was used as a case study to evaluate the hypothesis. Ecological models that simulate benthic biomass dynamics with governing environmental factors were developed, and various scenario experiments were conducted to evaluate the impact of reclamations...
November 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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