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Collaborative research: Detecting false discoveries under dependence using mixtures  

Statistical analysis of multiple testing problems revolves around the distribution of the collection of p-values arising from simultaneous tests. Data from fMRI, proteomics, microarray and other biomedical experiments exhibit dependence among p-values. Statistical inference yields biologically irrelevant conclusions if such dependence is not taken into consideration while estimating error control measures such as the false discovery rate. This proposal delineates a model oriented approach to multiple hypotheses testing by flexible and accurate modeling of the joint distribution of the p-values in dependent situations using mixtures. An additional theoretical goal the investigators study properties of skew-mixture models. By incorporating dependence in the model for the p-values, the proposed research provides valid controls of false discoveries, especially in complex biomedical applications. The proposed methodologies provide a foundation for statistical analysis in large dependent multiple testing situations and will spawn new research in the area of false discovery control. Multiple hypothesis testing is one of the primary statistical tools available to the scientists for efficiently analyzing large-scale complex biomedical data such as gene-expression data, protemics data or brain imaging data. Disease association studies in such biomedical applications require testing significance of association of several thousand genes or proteins or brain regions, simultaneously. Identification of a gene or a protein as being potentially associated with a given disease is called a discovery. However, in large scale biomedical studies there is a risk of accumulating error via making too many false discoveries. The proposed research substantially influences the practice of statistics in biomedical applications by providing accurate estimates of error rates in large scale disease association studies. The investigators specifically develop error control mechanism for brain imaging applications in MRI studies of autistic patients. The project impacts human resource development in the form of graduate student education and training. Project Status


Funder National Science Foundation
Fiscal Year Funding $40,545.50
Current Award Period 2008-2010
Project Number 803531
Principal Investigator Roy, Anindya
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening? (Biology)
Subcategory Computational Science
Strategic Plan Objective 2O. Not specific to Question 2 objectives
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution University of Maryland, Baltimore County
State/Country Maryland
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