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Accounting for Model Uncertainty in Survival Analysis Improves Predictive Performance
 In Bayesian Statistics 5
, 1995
"... Survival analysis is concerned with finding models to predict the survival of patients or to assess the efficacy of a clinical treatment. A key part of the modelbuilding process is the selection of the predictor variables. It is standard to use a stepwise procedure guided by a series of significanc ..."
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Survival analysis is concerned with finding models to predict the survival of patients or to assess the efficacy of a clinical treatment. A key part of the modelbuilding process is the selection of the predictor variables. It is standard to use a stepwise procedure guided by a series of significance tests to select a single model, and then to make inference conditionally on the selected model. However, this ignores model uncertainty, which can be substantial. We review the standard Bayesian model averaging solution to this problem and extend it to survival analysis, introducing partial Bayes factors to do so for the Cox proportional hazards model. In two examples, taking account of model uncertainty enhances predictive performance, to an extent that could be clinically useful. 1 Introduction From 1974 to 1984 the Mayo Clinic conducted a doubleblinded randomized clinical trial involving 312 patients to compare the drug DPCA with a placebo in the treatment of primary biliary cirrhosis...
Statistical Methods for Eliciting Probability Distributions
 Journal of the American Statistical Association
, 2005
"... Elicitation is a key task for subjectivist Bayesians. While skeptics hold that it cannot (or perhaps should not) be done, in practice it brings statisticians closer to their clients and subjectmatterexpert colleagues. This paper reviews the stateoftheart, reflecting the experience of statisticia ..."
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Elicitation is a key task for subjectivist Bayesians. While skeptics hold that it cannot (or perhaps should not) be done, in practice it brings statisticians closer to their clients and subjectmatterexpert colleagues. This paper reviews the stateoftheart, reflecting the experience of statisticians informed by the fruits of a long line of psychological research into how people represent uncertain information cognitively, and how they respond to questions about that information. In a discussion of the elicitation process, the first issue to address is what it means for an elicitation to be successful, i.e. what criteria should be employed? Our answer is that a successful elicitation faithfully represents the opinion of the person being elicited. It is not necessarily “true ” in some objectivistic sense, and cannot be judged that way. We see elicitation as simply part of the process of statistical modeling. Indeed in a hierarchical model it is ambiguous at which point the likelihood ends and the prior begins. Thus the same kinds of judgment that inform statistical modeling in general also inform elicitation of prior distributions.
Enhancing the Predictive Performance of Bayesian Graphical Models
 Communications in Statistics – Theory and Methods
, 1995
"... Both knowledgebased systems and statistical models are typically concerned with making predictions about future observables. Here we focus on assessment of predictive performance and provide two techniques for improving the predictive performance of Bayesian graphical models. First, we present Baye ..."
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Both knowledgebased systems and statistical models are typically concerned with making predictions about future observables. Here we focus on assessment of predictive performance and provide two techniques for improving the predictive performance of Bayesian graphical models. First, we present Bayesian model averaging, a technique for accounting for model uncertainty. Second, we describe a technique for eliciting a prior distribution for competing models from domain experts. We explore the predictive performance of both techniques in the context of a urological diagnostic problem. KEYWORDS: Prediction; Bayesian graphical model; Bayesian network; Decomposable model; Model uncertainty; Elicitation. 1 Introduction Both statistical methods and knowledgebased systems are typically concerned with combining information from various sources to make inferences about prospective measurements. Inevitably, to combine information, we must make modeling assumptions. It follows that we should car...
The Elicitation of Probabilities A Review of the Statistical Literature
, 2005
"... “We live in an uncertain world, and probability risk assessment deals as directly with that fact as anything we do. Uncertainty arises partly because we are fallible. ..."
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“We live in an uncertain world, and probability risk assessment deals as directly with that fact as anything we do. Uncertainty arises partly because we are fallible.
Elicitation
, 2004
"... Elicitation is a key task for subjectivist Bayesians. While skeptics hold that it cannot (or perhaps should not) be done, in practice it brings statisticians closer to their clients and subjectmatterexpert colleagues. This paper reviews the stateoftheart, reflecting both the experience of statis ..."
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Elicitation is a key task for subjectivist Bayesians. While skeptics hold that it cannot (or perhaps should not) be done, in practice it brings statisticians closer to their clients and subjectmatterexpert colleagues. This paper reviews the stateoftheart, reflecting both the experience of statisticians and the fruits of a long line of psychological research into how people represent uncertain information cognitively, and how they respond to questions about that information. In a discussion of the elicitation process, the first issue to address is what it means for an elicitation to be successful, i.e. what criteria should be employed? Our answer is that a successful elicitation faithfully represents the opinion of the person being elicited. It is not necessarily “true ” in some objectivistic sense, and cannot be judged that way. We see elicitation as simply part of the process of statistical modeling. Indeed in a hierarchical model it is ambiguous at which point the likelihood ends and the prior begins. Thus the same kinds of judgment that inform statistical modeling in general also inform elicitation of prior distributions.