Jingshu Wang - Colloquium Speaker

Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, University of Chicago
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 3:15pm
Colloquium Title: 
Detecting Multiple Replicating Signals Using Adaptive Filtering Procedures


Replicability is a fundamental quality of scientific discoveries: we are interested in those signals that are detectable in different laboratories, different populations, across time, etc. Unlike meta-analysis which accounts for experimental variability but does not guarantee replicability, testing a partial conjunction (PC) null aims specifically to identify the signals that are discovered in multiple studies. In many contemporary applications, ex. comparing multiple high-throughput genetic experiments, a large number M of PC nulls need to be tested simultaneously, calling for a multiple comparison correction. However, standard multiple testing adjustments on the M PC p-values can be severely conservative, especially when M is large and the signals are sparse. We introduce AdaFilter, a new multiple testing procedure that increases power by adaptively filtering out unlikely candidates of PC nulls. We prove that AdaFilter can control FWER and FDR as long as data across studies are independent, and has much higher power than other existing methods. We illustrate the application of AdaFilter with three examples: microarray studies of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, single-cell RNA sequencing of T cells in lung cancer tumors, and GWAS for metabolomics.


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Topic: Colloquia: Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, The University of Iowa

Time: Apr 8, 2021 03:15 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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