PRIMsrc-package: Bump Hunting by Patient Rule Induction Method in Survival,...

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Performs a unified treatment of Bump Hunting by Patient Rule Induction Method (PRIM) in Survival, Regression and Classification settings (SRC). The method generates decision rules delineating a region in the predictor space, where the response is larger than its average over the entire space. The region is shaped as a hyperdimensional box or hyperrectangle that is not necessarily contiguous. Assumptions are that the multivariate input variables can be discrete or continuous and the univariate response variable can be discrete (Classification), continuous (Regression) or a time-to event, possibly censored (Survival). It is intended to handle low and high-dimensional multivariate datasets, including the situation where the number of covariates exceeds or dominates that of samples (p > n or p \gg n paradigm).


The current version is a development release that only implements the case of a survival response. At this point, survival bump hunting is also restricted to a directed peeling search of the first box covered by the recursive coverage (outer) loop of our Patient Recursive Survival Peeling (PRSP) algorithm. New features will be added soon.

The package relies on an optional variable screening (pre-selection) procedure that is run before the PRSP algorithm and final variable usage (selection) procedure is done. This is done by four possible cross-validated variable screening (pre-selection) procedures offered to the user from the main end-user survival Bump Hunting function sbh (see below).

The following describes the end-user functions that are needed to run a complete procedure. The other internal subroutines are not documented in the manual and are not to be called by the end-user at any time. For computational efficiency, some end-user functions offer a parallelization option that is done by passing a few parameters needed to configure a cluster. This is indicated by an asterisk (* = optionally involving cluster usage). The R features are categorized as follows:

  1. END-USER FUNCTION FOR PACKAGE NEWS Display the PRIMsrc Package News
    Function to display the log file NEWS of updates of the PRIMsrc package.

    summary Summary Function
    S3-method summary function to summarize the main parameters used to generate the sbh object.

    print Print Function
    S3-method print function to display the cross-validated estimated values of the sbh object.

    plot 2D Visualization of Data Scatter and Box Vertices
    S3-method plotting function for two-dimensional visualization of original or predicted data scatter as well as cross-validated box vertices of a sbh object. The scatter plot is for a given peeling step of the peeling sequence and a given plane, both specified by the user.

    predict Predict Function
    S3-method predict function to predict the box membership and box vertices on an independent set.

    sbh * Cross-Validated Survival Bump Hunting
    Main end-user function for fitting a cross-validated Survival Bump Hunting (SBH) model. Returns a cross-validated sbh object, as generated by our Patient Recursive Survival Peeling or PRSP algorithm, containing cross-validated estimates of end-points statistics of interest. The function relies on an optional internal variable screening (pre-selection) procedures that is run before the variable usage (selection) procedure is done at the time of fitting the Survival Bump Hunting (SBH) model itself using our PRSP algorithm. At this point, the user can choose between:

    1. Univariate Patient Recursive Survival Peeling algorithm (default of package PRIMsrc)

    2. Penalized Censored Quantile Regression (by Semismooth Newton Coordinate Descent algorithm adapted from package hqreg)

    3. Penalized Partial Likelihood (adapted from package glmnet)

    4. Supervised Principal Component Analysis (adapted from package superpc)

    In this version, the Cross-Validation (CV) that controls model size (#covariates) and model complexity (#peeling steps), respectively, to fit the Survival Bump Hunting model, are carried out internally by two consecutive tasks within the single main function sbh(). The returned S3-class sbh object contains cross-validated estimates of all the decision-rules of used covariates and all other statistical quantities of interest at each iteration of the peeling sequence (inner loop of the PRSP algorithm). This enables the graphical display of results of profiling curves for model selection/tuning, peeling trajectories, covariate traces and survival distributions (see plotting functions for more details). The function offers a number of options for the number of replications of the fitting procedure to be perfomed: B; the type of K-fold cross-validation desired: (replicated)-averaged or-combined; as well as the peeling and cross-validation critera for model selection/tuning, and a few more parameters for the PRSP algorithm. The function takes advantage of the R packages parallel and snow, which allows users to create a parallel backend within an R session, enabling access to a cluster of compute cores and/or nodes on a local and/or remote machine(s) with either. PRIMsrc supports two types of communication mechanisms between master and worker processes: 'Socket' or 'Message-Passing Interface' ('MPI').

    plot_profile Visualization for Model Selection/Validation
    Function for plotting the cross-validated model selection/tuning profiles of a sbh object. It uses the user's choice of cross-validation criterion statistics among the Log Hazard Ratio (LHR), Log-Rank Test (LRT) or Concordance Error Rate (CER). The function plots (as it applies) both profiles of cross-validation criterion as a function of variables screening size (cardinal subset of top-screened variables in the PRSP variable screening procedure), and peeling length (number of peeling steps of the peeling sequence in the inner loop of the PRSP algorithm).
    plot_boxtraj Visualization of Peeling Trajectories/Profiles
    Function for plotting the cross-validated peeling trajectories/profiles of a sbh object. Applies to the user-specified covariates among the pre-selected ones and all other statistical quantities of interest at each iteration of the peeling sequence (inner loop of our PRSP algorithm).
    plot_boxtrace Visualization of Covariates Traces
    Function for plotting the cross-validated covariates traces of a sbh object. Plot the cross-validated modal trace curves of covariate importance and covariate usage of the user-specified covariates among the pre-selected ones at each iteration of the peeling sequence (inner loop of our PRSP algorithm).
    plot_boxkm Visualization of Survival Distributions
    Function for plotting the cross-validated survival distributions of a sbh object. Plot the cross-validated Kaplan-Meir estimates of survival distributions for the highest risk (inbox) versus lower-risk (outbox) groups of samples at each iteration of the peeling sequence (inner loop of our PRSP algorithm).

    Synthetic.1, Synthetic.1b, Synthetic.2, Synthetic.3, Synthetic.4 Five Datasets From Simulated Regression Survival Models
    Five datasets from simulated regression survival models #1-4 as described in Dazard et al. (2015), representing low- and high-dimensional situations, and where regression parameters represent various types of relationship between survival times and covariates including saturated and noisy situations. In three datasets where non-informative noisy covariates were used, these covariates were not part of the design matrix (models #2-3 and #4). In one dataset, the signal is limited to a box-shaped region R of the predictor space (model #1b). In the last dataset, the signal is limited to 10% of the predictors in a p > n situation (model #4). See each dataset for more details.

    Real.1 Clinical Dataset
    Publicly available HIV clinical data from the Women's Interagency HIV cohort Study (WIHS). The entire study enrolled 1164 women. Inclusion criteria of the study are: women at enrolment must be (i) alive, (ii) HIV-1 infected, and (iii) free of clinical AIDS symptoms. Women were followed until the first of the following occurred: (i) treatment initiation (HAART), (ii) AIDS diagnosis, (iii) death, or administrative censoring. The studied outcomes were the competing risks "AIDS/Death (before HAART)" and "Treatment Initiation (HAART)". However, for simplification purposes, only the first of the two competing events (i.e. the time to AIDS/Death), was used. Likewise, for simplification in this clinical dataset example, only n=485 complete cases were used. Variables included history of Injection Drug Use ("IDU") at enrollment, African American ethnicity ('Race'), age ('Age'), and baseline CD4 count ('CD4'). The question in this dataset example was whether it is possible to achieve a prognostication of patients for AIDS and HAART. See dataset documentation for more details.

    Real.2 Genomic Dataset
    Publicly available lung cancer genomic data from the Chemores Cohort Study. This data is part of an integrated study of mRNA, miRNA and clinical variables to characterize the molecular distinctions between squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and adenocarcinoma (AC) in Non Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) aside large cell lung carcinoma (LCC). Tissue samples were analysed from a cohort of 123 patients, who underwent complete surgical resection at the Institut Mutualiste Montsouris (Paris, France) between 30 January 2002 and 26 June 2006. The studied outcome was the "Disease-Free Survival Time". Patients were followed until the first relapse occurred or administrative censoring. In this genomic dataset, the expression levels of Agilent miRNA probes (p=939) were included from the n=123 cohort samples. In addition to the genomic data, five clinical variables, also evaluated on the cohort samples, are included as continuous variable ('Age') and nominal variables ('Type','KRAS.status','EGFR.status','P53.status'). This dataset represents a situation where the number of covariates dominates the number of complete observations, or p >> n case. See dataset documentation for more details.

Known Bugs/Problems : None at this time.


This work made use of the High Performance Computing Resource in the Core Facility for Advanced Research Computing at Case Western Reserve University. This project was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health NIH - National Cancer Institute (R01-CA160593) to J-E. Dazard and J.S. Rao.


Maintainer: "Jean-Eudes Dazard, Ph.D." [email protected]


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PRIMsrc documentation built on Nov. 17, 2017, 6:17 a.m.