Statistics Seminar: Dr. Chiung-Yu Huang


Oct. 4, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm

Office/Remote Location

Room 235


Speaker: Dr. Dr. Chiung-Yu Huang, UC San Francisco

Title: Recurrent Events Analysis with Data Collected at Informative Clinical Visits in Electronic Health Records


Although increasingly used as a data resource for assembling cohorts, electronic health records

(EHRs) pose many analytic challenges because they are primarily collected for clinical

encounters rather than for research purposes. In particular, a patient's health status influences

when and what data are recorded, generating sampling bias in the collected data. In this paper,

we consider recurrent event analysis using EHR data. Conventional regression methods for event

risk analysis usually require the values of covariates to be observed throughout the follow-up

period. In EHR databases, time-dependent covariates are intermittently measured during clinical

visits, and the timing of these visits is informative in the sense that it depends on the disease

course. Simple methods, such as the last-observation-carried-forward approach, can lead to

biased estimation. On the other hand, complex joint models require additional assumptions on

the covariate process and cannot be easily extended to handle multiple longitudinal predictors.

By incorporating sampling weights derived from estimating the observation time process, we

develop a novel estimation procedure based on inverse-rate-weighting and kernel-smoothing for

the semiparametric proportional rate model of recurrent events. The proposed methods do not

require model specifications for the covariate processes and can easily handle multiple timedependent

covariates. The estimators for the regression parameters are asymptotically unbiased

and normally distributed with a root-n convergence rate. Simulation studies are conducted to

evaluate the performance of the proposed estimator. Our methods are applied to a kidney

transplant study for illustration.

(Joint work with Yifei Sun, Charles McCulloch, Kieren Marr, and Chiung-Yu Huang)



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Kaushik Ghosh

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Department of Mathematical Sciences