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Statistics Seminar Series (joint with Biostatistics): Xinlei Mi, “Deep Learning For Adjusting Complex Confounding”

When: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Kisa Kowal   (847) 491-3974

Group: Department of Statistics and Data Science

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


Department of Statistics 2021-2022 Seminar Series (joint with Biostatistics) - Spring 2022

“Deep Learning For Adjusting Complex Confounding”

Xinlei Mi, Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine – Biostatistics, Quantitative Data Sciences Core (QDSC), Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Abstract: Deep Treatment Learning (deepTL), a robust yet efficient deep learning-based semiparametric regression approach, is proposed to adjust the complex confounding structures in comparative effectiveness analysis of observational data, for example, electronic health record (EHR) data in which complex confounding structures are often embedded. Specifically, we develop a deep learning neural network with a score-based ensembling scheme for flexible function approximation. An improved semiparametric procedure is further developed to enhance the performance of the proposed method under finite sample settings. Comprehensive numerical studies have demonstrated the superior performance of the proposed methods, as compared with existing methods, with a remarkably reduced bias and mean squared error in parameter estimates. The proposed research is motivated by a postsurgery pain study, which is also used to illustrate the practical application of deepTL. Finally, an R package, “deepTL,” is developed to implement the proposed method.


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