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BACKGROUND When predictive survival models are built from high-dimensional data, there are often additional covariates, such as clinical scores, that by all means have to be included into the final model. While there are several techniques for the fitting of sparse high-dimensional survival models by penalized parameter estimation, none allows for explicit(More)
Statistical heterogeneity and small-study effects are 2 major issues affecting the validity of meta-analysis. In this article, we introduce the concept of a limit meta-analysis, which leads to shrunken, empirical Bayes estimates of study effects after allowing for small-study effects. This in turn leads to 3 model-based adjusted pooled treatment-effect(More)
MOTIVATION For analyzing high-dimensional time-to-event data with competing risks, tailored modeling techniques are required that consider the event of interest and the competing events at the same time, while also dealing with censoring. For low-dimensional settings, proportional hazards models for the subdistribution hazard have been proposed, but an(More)
RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) has become an established way for measuring gene expression in model organisms and humans. While methods development for refining the corresponding data processing and analysis pipeline is ongoing, protocols for typical steps have been proposed and are widely used. Several user interfaces have been developed for making such analysis(More)
The use of generalized additive models in statistical data analysis suffers from the restriction to few explanatory variables and the problems of selection of smoothing parameters. Generalized additive model boosting circumvents these problems by means of stagewise fitting of weak learners. A fitting procedure is derived which works for all simple(More)
MOTIVATION In the process of developing risk prediction models, various steps of model building and model selection are involved. If this process is not adequately controlled, overfitting may result in serious overoptimism leading to potentially erroneous conclusions. METHODS For right censored time-to-event data, we estimate the prediction error for(More)
The bootstrap is a tool that allows for efficient evaluation of prediction performance of statistical techniques without having to set aside data for validation. This is especially important for high-dimensional data, e.g., arising from microarrays, because there the number of observations is often limited. For avoiding overoptimism the statistical(More)
BACKGROUND There are several techniques for fitting risk prediction models to high-dimensional data, arising from microarrays. However, the biological knowledge about relations between genes is only rarely taken into account. One recent approach incorporates pathway information, available, e.g., from the KEGG database, by augmenting the penalty term in(More)
Auditory phantom perceptions are associated with hyperactivity of the central auditory system. Neuronavigation guided repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) of the area of increased activity was demonstrated to reduce tinnitus perception. The study aimed at developing an easy applicable standard procedure for transcranial magnetic stimulation(More)