haplo.glm: GLM Regression of Trait on Ambiguous Haplotypes

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GLM Regression of Trait on Ambiguous Haplotypes


Perform glm regression of a trait on haplotype effects, allowing for ambiguous haplotypes. This method performs an iterative two-step EM, with the posterior probabilities of pairs of haplotypes per subject used as weights to update the regression coefficients, and the regression coefficients used to update the posterior probabilities.


haplo.glm(formula=formula(data), family=gaussian, data=parent.frame(),
           weights, na.action="na.geno.keep", start=NULL, 
           locus.label=NA, control=haplo.glm.control(), 
           method="glm.fit", model=TRUE, x=FALSE, y=TRUE, 
           contrasts=NULL, ...)



a formula expression as for other regression models, of the form response ~ predictors. For details, see the documentation for lm and formula.


a family object. This is a list of expressions for defining the link, variance function, initialization values, and iterative weights for the generalized linear model. Supported families are: gaussian, binomial, poisson. Currently, only the logit link is implemented for binimial.


a data frame in which to interpret the variables occurring in the formula. A CRITICAL element of the data frame is the matrix of genotypes, denoted here as "geno", although an informative name should be used in practice. This geno matrix is actually a matrix of alleles, such that each locus has a pair of adjacent columns of alleles, and the order of columns corresponds to the order of loci on a chromosome. If there are K loci, then ncol(geno) = 2*K. Rows represent the alleles for each subject. It is also CRITICAL that this matrix is defined as a model.matrix, so the columns of the matrix are packaged together into a single matrix object. If geno is a matrix of alleles, then before adding it to the data frame, use the setupGeno() function, which will assign this correct class. The function will also recode alleles to numeric starting from 1, while saving the original alleles in the unique.alleles attribute. This attribute is required in haplo.glm.


the weights for observations (rows of the data frame). By default, all observations are weighted equally.


a function to filter missing data. This is applied to the model.frame. The default value of na.action=na.geno.keep will keep observations with some (but not all) missing alleles, but exclude observations missing any other data (e.g., response variable, other covariates, weight). The EM algorithm for ambiguous haplotypes accounts for missing alleles. Similar to the usual glm, na.fail creates an error if any missing values are found, and a third possible alternative is na.exclude, which deletes observations that contain one or more missing values for any data, including alleles.


a vector of initial values on the scale of the linear predictor.


vector of labels for loci.


list of control parameters. The default is constructed by the function haplo.glm.control. The items in this list control the regression modeling of the haplotypes (e.g., additive, dominant, recessive effects of haplotypes; which haplotype is chosen as the baseline for regression; how to handle rare haplotypes; control of the glm function - maximum number of iterations), and the EM algorithm for estimating initial haplotype frequencies. See haplo.glm.control for details.


currently, glm.fit is the only method allowed.


logical, if model=TRUE, the model.frame is returned.


logical, if x=TRUE, the model.matrix is returned.


logical, if y=TRUE, the response variable is returned.


currently ignored


other arguments that may be passed - currently ignored.


To properly prepare the data frame, the genotype matrix must be processed by setupGeno, and then included in the data frame with the response and other variables.

For binomial family, the initialization of values gives warnings if non-integer number of successes, which is a concern in these models because of the weights of posterior probability of each haplotype pair per subject. We supress the warnings by defining a haplo.binomial family, which we use if family=binomial is used.


An object of class "haplo.glm" is returned. The output object from haplo.glm has all the components of a glm object, with a few more. It is important to note that some of the returned components correpond to the "expanded" version of the data. This means that each observation is expanded into the number of terms in the observation's posterior distribution of haplotype pairs, given the marker data. For example, when fitting the response y on haplotype effects, the value of y[i], for the ith observation, is replicated m[i] times, where m[i] is the number of pairs of haplotypes consistent with the observed marker data. The returned components that are expanded are indicated below by [expanded] in the definition of the component.

These expanded components may need to be collapsed, depending on the objective of the user. For example, when considering the influence of an observation, it may make sense to examine the expanded residuals for a single observation, perhaps plotted against the haplotypes for that observation. In contrast, it would not be sensible to plot all residuals against non-genetic covariates, without first collapsing the expanded residuals for each observation. To collapse, one can use the average residual per observation, weighted according to the posterior probabilities. The appropriate weight can be computed as wt = weight.expanded * haplo.post.info[[post]]. Then, the weighted average can be calculated as with(fit, tapply(residuals * wt, haplo.post.info[["indx"]], sum).


the coefficients of the linear.predictors, which multiply the columns of the model matrix. The names of the coefficients are the names of the column of the model matrix. For haplotype coefficients, the names are the concatentation of name of the geno matrix with a haplotype number. The haplotype number corresponds to the index of the haplotype. The default print will show the coefficients with haplotype number, along with the alleles that define the haplotype, and the estimated haplotype frequency. If the model is over-determined there will be missing values in the coefficients corresponding to inestimable coefficients.


[expanded] residuals from the final weighted least squares fit; also known as working residuals, these are typically not interpretable without rescaling by the weights (see glm.object and residuals.haplo.glm).


[expanded] fitted mean values, obtained by transforming linear.predictors using the inverse link function (see glm.object).


[expaded] orthogonal, single-degree-of-freedom effects (see lm.object).


the triangular factor of the decomposition (see lm.object).


the computed rank (number of linearly independent columns in the model matrix), which is the model degrees of freedom - see lm.object.


the list of assignments of coefficients (and effects) to the terms in the model (see lm.object).


[expanded] number of degrees of freedom for residuals, corresponding to the expanded data.


[expanded] input weights after expanding according to the number of pairs of haplotypes consistent with an observation's marker genotype data.


a 3 element character vector giving the name of the family, the link and the variance function; mainly for printing purposes.


[expanded] linear fit, given by the product of the model matrix and the coefficients. In a glm, eta.


up to a constant, minus twice the maximized log-likelihood. Similar to the residual sum of squares.


the deviance corresponding to the model with no predictors.


an image of the call that produced the object, but with the arguments all named and with the actual formula included as the formula argument.


the number of IRLS iterations used to compute the estimates, for the last step of the EM fit of coefficients.


expanded response.


a list containing sufficient information to construct the contrasts used to fit any factors occurring in the model (see lm.object).


log-likelihood of the fitted model.


log-likelihood of the null model (intercept-only).


likelihood ratio test statistic to test whether all coefficients (excepet intercept) are zero: 2*(lnlike - lnlike.null)


an object of mode expression and class term summarizing the formula, but not complete for the final model. Because this does not represent expansion of the design matrix for the haplotypes, it is typically not of direct relevance to users.


list of all control parameters


the data.frame of unique haplotypes


the index of the haplotype used as the base-line for the regression model. To see the actual haplotype definition, use the following: with(fit, haplo.unique[haplo.base,]), where fit is the saved haplo.glm object (e.g., fit <- haplo.glm(y ~ geno, ...) ).


the final estimates of haplotype frequencies, after completing EM steps of updating haplotype frequencies and regression coefficients. The length of haplo.freq is the number of rows of haplo.unique, and the order of haplo.freq is the same as that for the rows of haplo.unique. So, the frequencies of the unique haplotypes can be viewed as with(fit, cbind(haplo.unique, haplo.freq)).


the initial estimates of haplotype frequencies, based on the EM algorithm for estimating haplotype frequencies, ingnoring the trait. These can be compared with haplo.freq, to see the impact of using the regression model to update the haplotype frequencies.


T/F whether the EM-glm steps converged


the indices of the haplotypes determined to be "common" enough to estimate their corresponding regression coefficients.


the indices of all the haplotypes determined to be too rare to estimate their specific regression coefficients.


T/F whether the "rare" term is included in the haplotype regression model.


the names of the coefficients that represent haplotype effects.


a data.frame of information regarding the posterior probabilites. The columns of this data.frame are: indx (the index of the input obsevation; if the ith observation is repeated m times, then indx will show m replicates of i; hence, indx will correspond to the "expanded" observations); hap1 and hap2 (the indices of the haplotypes; if hap1=j and hap2=k, then the two haplotypes in terms of alleles are haplo.unique[j,] and haplo.unique[k,] from the fitted object); post.init (the initial posterior probability, based on haplo.freq.init); post (the final posterior probability, based on haplo.freq).


the model matrix, with [expanded] rows, if x=T.


the observed information matrix, based on Louis' formula. The upper left submatrix is for the regression coefficient, the lower right submatrix for the haplotype frequencies, and the remaining is the information between regression coefficients and haplotype frequencies.


the variance-covariance matrix of regression coefficients and haplotype frequencies, based on the inverse of info. Upper left submatrix is for regression coefficients, lower right submatrix for haplotype frequencies.


the indices of the haplotypes eliminated from the info and var.mat matrices because their frequencies are less than haplo.min.info (the minimum haplotype frequency required for computation of the information matrix - see haplo.glm.control)


a matrix of logical values, indicating whether rows of data were removed for missing values in either genotype matrix (genomiss) or any other variables (yxmiss), such as y, other covariates, or weights.


rank of information (info) matrix.


Lake S, Lyon H, Silverman E, Weiss S, Laird N, Schaid D (2002) Estimation and tests of haplotype-environment interaction when linkage phase is ambiguous. Human Heredity 55:56-65.

See Also

haplo.glm.control, haplo.em, haplo.model.frame



 geno <- as.matrix(hla.demo[,c(17,18,21:24)])
 keep <- !apply(is.na(geno) | geno==0, 1, any) # SKIP THESE THREE LINES
 hla.demo <- hla.demo[keep,]                   # IN AN ANALYSIS
 geno <- geno[keep,]                           # 
 label <-c("DQB","DRB","B")
 y <- hla.demo$resp
 y.bin <- 1*(hla.demo$resp.cat=="low")

# set up a genotype array as a model.matrix for inserting into data frame
# Note that hla.demo is a data.frame, and we need to subset to columns
# of interest. Also also need to convert to a matrix object, so that
# setupGeno can code alleles and convert geno to 'model.matrix' class.

 geno <- setupGeno(geno, miss.val=c(0,NA))

  # geno now has an attribute 'unique.alleles' which must be passed to
  # haplo.glm as allele.lev=attributes(geno)$unique.alleles, see below

 my.data <- data.frame(geno=geno, age=hla.demo$age, male=hla.demo$male,
                      y=y, y.bin=y.bin)

 fit.gaus <- haplo.glm(y ~ male + geno, family = gaussian,  na.action=
               data=my.data, locus.label=label,
               control = haplo.glm.control(haplo.freq.min=0.02))

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