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DSAS Colloquium - Dr. Donglin Zeng

Date:
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time:
3:30 pm
Location:
Western Science Centre (WSRC)
Room: 240
Cost:
Free

Speaker: Dr. Donglin Zeng (UNC Chapel Hill)

Title: ROBUST HYBRID LEARNING FOR ESTIMATING DYNAMIC TREATMENT REGIMES

Abstract:
Dynamic treatment regimens (DTRs) are sequential decision rules tailored at each stage of treatment by potentially time-varying patient features and intermediate outcomes observed in previous stages. The complexity, patient heterogeneity, and chronicity of many diseases and disorders call for learning optimal DTRs that best dynamically tailor treatment to each individual's response over time.
We propose a robust and efficient approach referred to as Augmented Multistage Outcome-Weighted Learning (AMOL) to identify optimal DTRs from sequential multiple assignment randomized trials. We allow for  negative outcomes and propose methods to reduce variability of weights to achieve numeric stability and higher efficiency. For multiple-stage trials, we introduce robust augmentation to improve efficiency by drawing information from Q-function regression models at each stage. The proposed AMOL remains valid even if the regression model is mis-specified. We formally justify that proper choice of augmentation guarantees smaller stochastic errors in value function estimation for AMOL; we then establish the convergence rates for AMOL.  The comparative advantage of AMOL over existing methods is demonstrated in extensive simulation studies and applications to two SMART data sets: a two-stage trial for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and the STAR*D trial for major depressive disorder.

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