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This paper derives two new information theoretic linear regression criteria based on the minimum message length principle. Both criteria are invariant to full rank affine transformations of the design matrix and yield estimates that are minimax with respect to squared error loss. The new criteria are compared against state of the art information theoretic(More)
We hypothesised that breast cancer risk for relatives of women with early-onset breast cancer could be predicted by tumour morphological features. We studied female first-degree relatives of a population-based sample of 452 index cases with a first primary invasive breast cancer diagnosed before the age of 40 years. For the index cases, a standardised(More)
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. To date, 22 common breast cancer susceptibility loci have been identified accounting for ∼8% of the heritability of the disease. We attempted to replicate 72 promising associations from two independent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in ∼70,000 cases and ∼68,000 controls from 41 case-control(More)
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of breast cancer defined by hormone receptor status have revealed loci contributing to susceptibility of estrogen receptor (ER)-negative subtypes. To identify additional genetic variants for ER-negative breast cancer, we conducted the largest meta-analysis of ER-negative disease to date, comprising 4754 ER-negative(More)
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and large-scale replication studies have identified common variants in 79 loci associated with breast cancer, explaining ∼14% of the familial risk of the disease. To identify new susceptibility loci, we performed a meta-analysis of 11 GWAS, comprising 15,748 breast cancer cases and 18,084 controls together with 46,785(More)
Various common genetic susceptibility loci have been identified for breast cancer; however, it is unclear how they combine with lifestyle/environmental risk factors to influence risk. We undertook an international collaborative study to assess gene-environment interaction for risk of breast cancer. Data from 24 studies of the Breast Cancer Association(More)
In this paper we describe Scusi?, the speech interpretation component of a spoken dialogue module designed for an autonomous robotic agent. Scusi? postulates and maintains multiple interpretations of the spoken discourse, and employs a probabilistic formalism to assess and rank hypotheses regarding the meaning of spoken utterances. These constituents in(More)
Candidate variant association studies have been largely unsuccessful in identifying common breast cancer susceptibility variants, although most studies have been underpowered to detect associations of a realistic magnitude. We assessed 41 common non-synonymous single-nucleotide polymorphisms (nsSNPs) for which evidence of association with breast cancer risk(More)
Recent work by Ding and Kay has demonstrated that the Bayesian information criterion (BIC) is an inconsistent estimator of model order in nested model selection as the noise variance τ*→ 0. Unfortunately, Ding and Kay have erroneously concluded that the minimum description length (MDL) principle also leads to inconsistent estimates of model(More)