Statistics for Biology and Health

Statistical Methods for Dynamic Treatment Regimes

Reinforcement Learning, Causal Inference, and Personalized Medicine

Authors: Chakraborty, Bibhas, Moodie, Erica E.M.

  • Pioneering review of DTRs to date through theory, explanation of concepts, and applications
  • Covers newest statistical and computational approaches to the development of dynamic treatment regime models and analysis of data
  • Provides  a synthesis of methods from the spheres of causal inference and clinical trial design
  • Comprehensive in scope, touching upon traditional and computational methods for statistical design and interpretation
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Statistical Methods for Dynamic Treatment Regimes shares state of the art of statistical methods developed to address questions of estimation and inference for dynamic treatment regimes, a branch of personalized medicine. This volume demonstrates these methods with their conceptual underpinnings and illustration through analysis of real and simulated data. These methods are immediately applicable to the practice of personalized medicine, which is a medical paradigm that emphasizes the systematic use of individual patient information to optimize patient health care. This is the first single source to provide an overview of methodology and results gathered from journals, proceedings, and technical reports with the goal of orienting researchers to the field. The first chapter establishes context for the statistical reader in the landscape of personalized medicine. Readers need only have familiarity with elementary calculus, linear algebra, and basic large-sample theory to use this text. Throughout the text, authors direct readers to available code or packages in different statistical languages to facilitate implementation. In cases where code does not already exist, the authors provide analytic approaches in sufficient detail that any researcher with knowledge of statistical programming could implement the methods from scratch. This will be an important volume for a wide range of researchers, including statisticians, epidemiologists, medical researchers, and machine learning researchers interested in medical applications. Advanced graduate students in statistics and biostatistics will also find material in Statistical Methods for Dynamic Treatment Regimes to be a critical part of their studies.

About the authors

Bibhas Chakraborty is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. His primary research interests lie in dynamic treatment regimes, machine learning and data mining including reinforcement learning, causal inference, and design and analysis of clinical trials. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Calcutta, a Master’s degree from the Indian Statistical Institute, and a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Michigan. He is the recipient of the Calderone Research Prize for Junior Faculty from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, in 2011.

Erica Moodie is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health at McGill University. Her main interests lie in causal inference and longitudinal data with a focus on methods for HIV research. She is an Associate Editor of The International Journal of Biostatistics and Journal of Causal Inference. She received a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Winnipeg, an M.Phil. in Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of Washington. She is the recipient of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council University Faculty Award.

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"Overall, the book provides an excellent reviewof DTRs up to date. After finishing reading the book, I planned to create a post-graduate seminar course on this topic using this book as a textbook. I enthusiastically recommend this book. This book will be a valuable reference for anyone interested and involved in research on personalized medicine." (Hyonggin An, Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics, April, 2015)

“The intended audience includes physicians, clinical researchers, physicians in training, statisticians, and medical students, as well as master’s and doctoral students in the field of biostatistics and epidemiology and computer scientists. … This book provides a concise summary of the key findings in the statistical literature of dynamic treatment regimes. … The simple language and well-organized chapters are unsurpassed attributes of this book. It will be an exceptional resource for quick review.” (Parthiv Amin, Doody’s Book Reviews, November, 2013)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Chakraborty, Bibhas (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • The Data: Observational Studies and Sequentially Randomized Trials

    Chakraborty, Bibhas (et al.)

    Pages 9-30

  • Statistical Reinforcement Learning

    Chakraborty, Bibhas (et al.)

    Pages 31-52

  • Semi-parametric Estimation of Optimal DTRs by Modeling Contrasts of Conditional Mean Outcomes

    Chakraborty, Bibhas (et al.)

    Pages 53-78

  • Estimation of Optimal DTRs by Directly Modeling Regimes

    Chakraborty, Bibhas (et al.)

    Pages 79-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Statistical Methods for Dynamic Treatment Regimes
Book Subtitle
Reinforcement Learning, Causal Inference, and Personalized Medicine
Authors
Series Title
Statistics for Biology and Health
Series Volume
76
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-7428-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-7428-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-7427-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9030-3
Series ISSN
1431-8776
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 204
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