ate: Average Treatment Effects Computation

Description Usage Arguments Author(s) See Also Examples

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Description

Use the g-formula or the IPW or the double robust estimator to estimate the average treatment effect (absolute risk difference or ratio) based on Cox regression with or without competing risks.

Usage

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ate(
  event,
  treatment,
  censor = NULL,
  data,
  data.index = NULL,
  formula,
  estimator = NULL,
  strata = NULL,
  contrasts = NULL,
  allContrasts = NULL,
  times,
  cause = NA,
  landmark,
  se = TRUE,
  iid = (B == 0) && (se || band),
  known.nuisance = FALSE,
  band = FALSE,
  B = 0,
  seed,
  handler = "foreach",
  mc.cores = 1,
  cl = NULL,
  verbose = TRUE,
  ...
)

Arguments

event

Outcome model which describes how the probability of experiencing a terminal event depends on treatment and covariates. The object carry its own call and have a predictRisk method. See examples.

treatment

Treatment model which describes how the probability of being allocated to a treatment group depends on covariates. The object must be a glm object (logistic regression) or the name of the treatment variable. See examples.

censor

Censoring model which describes how the probability of being censored depends on treatment and covariates. The object must be a coxph or cph object. See examples.

data

[data.frame or data.table] Data set in which to evaluate risk predictions based on the outcome model

data.index

[numeric vector] Position of the observation in argument data relative to the dataset used to obtain the argument event, treatment, censor. Only necessary for the standard errors when computing the Average Treatment Effects on a subset of the data set.

formula

For analyses with time-dependent covariates, the response formula. See examples.

estimator

[character] The type of estimator used to compute the average treatment effect. Can be "G-formula", "IPTW", or "AIPTW". When using estimator="G-formula", a model for the outcome should be provided (argument event). When using estimator="IPTW", a model for the treatment should be provided (argument treatment), as well as for the censoring (if any, argument censor). When using estimator="AIPTW" (double robust estimator), a model for the outcome and the treatment should be provided (argument event and treatment), as well as for the censoring (if any, argument censor).

strata

[character] Strata variable on which to compute the average risk. Incompatible with treatment. Experimental.

contrasts

[character vector] levels of the treatment variable for which the risks should be assessed and compared. Default is to consider all levels.

allContrasts

[2-row character matrix] levels of the treatment variable to be compared. Default is to consider all pairwise comparisons.

times

[numeric vector] Time points at which to evaluate average treatment effects.

cause

[integer/character] the cause of interest.

landmark

for models with time-dependent covariates the landmark time(s) of evaluation. In this case, argument time may only be one value and for the prediction of risks it is assumed that that the covariates do not change between landmark and landmark+time.

se

[logical] If TRUE compute and add the standard errors to the output.

iid

[logical] If TRUE compute and add the influence function to the output.

known.nuisance

[logical] If FALSE the uncertainty related to the estimation of the nuisance parameters is ignored. This greatly simplifies computations but requires to use a double robust estimator. The resulting standard error is known to be consistent when all event, treatment, and censoring models are valid.

band

[logical] If TRUE compute and add the quantiles for the confidence bands to the output.

B

[integer, >0] the number of bootstrap replications used to compute the confidence intervals. If it equals 0, then the influence function is used to compute Wald-type confidence intervals/bands.

seed

[integer, >0] sed number used to generate seeds for bootstrap and to achieve reproducible results.

handler

[character] Parallel handler for bootstrap. "foreach" is the default and the only option on Windows. It uses parallel to create a cluster. Other operating systems can use "mclapply". This argument is ignored when mc.cores=1 and cl=NULL.

mc.cores

[integer, >0] The number of cores to use, i.e., the upper limit for the number of child processes that run simultaneously. Passed to parallel::mclapply or parallel::makeCluster. The option is initialized from environment variable mc_cores if set.

cl

A parallel socket cluster used to perform cluster calculation in parallel (output by parallel::makeCluster). The packages necessary to run the computations (e.g. riskRegression) must already be loaded on each worker. Only used when handler="foreach".

verbose

[logical] If TRUE inform about estimated run time.

...

passed to predictRisk

Author(s)

Brice Ozenne broz@sund.ku.dk and Thomas Alexander Gerds tag@biostat.ku.dk

See Also

as.data.table to extract the estimates in a data.table object. autoplot.ate for a graphical representation the standardized risks. confint.ate to compute (pointwise/simultaneous) confidence intervals and (unadjusted/adjusted) p-values, possibly using a transformation. summary.ate for a table containing the standardized risks over time and treatment/strata.

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library(survival)
library(rms)
library(prodlim)
library(data.table)
set.seed(10)

#### Survival settings  ####
#### ATE with Cox model ####

## generate data
n <- 100
dtS <- sampleData(n, outcome="survival")
dtS$time <- round(dtS$time,1)
dtS$X1 <- factor(rbinom(n, prob = c(0.3,0.4) , size = 2), labels = paste0("T",0:2))

## estimate the Cox model
fit <- cph(formula = Surv(time,event)~ X1+X2,data=dtS,y=TRUE,x=TRUE)

## compute the ATE at times 5, 6, 7, and 8 using X1 as the treatment variable
## standard error computed using the influence function
## confidence intervals / p-values based on asymptotic results
ateFit1a <- ate(fit, data = dtS, treatment = "X1", times = 5:8)
summary(ateFit1a)
summary(ateFit1a, short = TRUE, type = "meanRisk")
summary(ateFit1a, short = TRUE, type = "diffRisk")
summary(ateFit1a, short = TRUE, type = "ratioRisk")

## Not run: 
## same as before with in addition the confidence bands / adjusted p-values
## (argument band = TRUE)
ateFit1b <- ate(fit, data = dtS, treatment = "X1", times = 5:8,
                band = TRUE)
summary(ateFit1b)

## by default bands/adjuste p-values computed separately for each treatment modality
summary(ateFit1b, band = 1,
         se = FALSE, type = "diffRisk", short = TRUE, quantile = TRUE)
## adjustment over treatment and time using the band argument of confint
summary(ateFit1b, band = 2,
       se = FALSE, type = "diffRisk", short = TRUE, quantile = TRUE)

## confidence intervals / p-values computed using 1000 boostrap samples
## (argument se = TRUE and B = 1000) 
ateFit1c <- ate(fit, data = dtS, treatment = "X1",
                times = 5:8, se = TRUE, B = 50, handler = "mclapply")
## NOTE: for real applications 50 bootstrap samples is not enough 

## same but using 2 cpus for generating and analyzing the boostrap samples
## (parallel computation, argument mc.cores = 2) 
ateFit1d <- ate(fit, data = dtS, treatment = "X1",
                times = 5:8, se = TRUE, B = 50, mc.cores = 2)

## manually defining the cluster to be used
## useful when specific packages need to be loaded in each cluster
fit <- cph(formula = Surv(time,event)~ X1+X2+rcs(X6),data=dtS,y=TRUE,x=TRUE)

cl <- parallel::makeCluster(2)
parallel::clusterEvalQ(cl, library(rms))

ateFit1e <- ate(fit, data = dtS, treatment = "X1",
                times = 5:8, se = TRUE, B = 50,
                handler = "foreach", cl = cl)

## End(Not run)

#### Survival settings without censoring ####
#### ATE with glm                        ####

## generate data
n <- 100
dtB <- sampleData(n, outcome="binary")
dtB[, X2 := as.numeric(X2)]

## estimate a logistic regression model
fit <- glm(formula = Y ~ X1+X2, data=dtB, family = "binomial")

## compute the ATE using X1 as the treatment variable
## only point estimate (argument se = FALSE)
ateFit1a <- ate(fit, data = dtB, treatment = "X1", se = FALSE)
ateFit1a

## Not run: 
## with confidence intervals
ateFit1b <- ate(fit, data = dtB, treatment = "X1",
               times = 5) ## just for having a nice output not used in computations
summary(ateFit1b, short = TRUE)

## using the lava package
library(lava)
ateLava <- estimate(fit, function(p, data){
a <- p["(Intercept)"] ; b <- p["X11"] ; c <- p["X2"] ;
R.X11 <- expit(a + b + c * data[["X2"]])
R.X10 <- expit(a + c * data[["X2"]])
list(risk0=R.X10,risk1=R.X11,riskdiff=R.X11-R.X10)},
average=TRUE)
ateLava

## End(Not run)

#### Competing risks settings               ####
#### ATE with cause specific Cox regression ####

## generate data
n <- 500
set.seed(10)
dt <- sampleData(n, outcome="competing.risks")
dt$X1 <- factor(rbinom(n, prob = c(0.2,0.3) , size = 2), labels = paste0("T",0:2))

## estimate cause specific Cox model
fitCR <-  CSC(Hist(time,event)~ X1+X8,data=dt,cause=1)

## compute the ATE at times 1, 5, 10 using X1 as the treatment variable
ateFit2a <- ate(fitCR, data = dt, treatment = "X1", times = c(1,5,10),
                cause = 1, se = TRUE, band = TRUE)
summary(ateFit2a)
as.data.table(ateFit2a)

#### Double robust estimator ####
## Not run: 
## generate data
n <- 500
set.seed(10)
dt <- sampleData(n, outcome="competing.risks")
dt$time <- round(dt$time,1)
dt$X1 <- factor(rbinom(n, prob = c(0.4) , size = 1), labels = paste0("T",0:1))

## working models
m.event <-  CSC(Hist(time,event)~ X1+X2+X3+X5+X8,data=dt)
m.censor <-  coxph(Surv(time,event==0)~ X1+X2+X3+X5+X8,data=dt, x = TRUE, y = TRUE)
m.treatment <-  glm(X1~X2+X3+X5+X8,data=dt,family=binomial(link="logit"))

## prediction + average
ateRobust <- ate(event = m.event,
                 treatment = m.treatment,
                 censor = m.censor,
                 data = dt, times = 5:10, 
                 cause = 1, band = TRUE)

## compare various estimators
ateRobust3 <- ate(event = m.event,
                 treatment = m.treatment,
                 censor = m.censor,
                 estimator = c("GFORMULA","IPTW","AIPTW"),
                 data = dt, times = c(5:10), 
                 cause = 1, se = TRUE)
print(setkeyv(as.data.table(ateRobust3, type = "meanRisk"),"time"))
print(setkeyv(as.data.table(ateRobust3, type = "diffRisk"),"time"))

## End(Not run)

#### time-dependent covariates ###
## Not run: 
library(survival)
fit <- coxph(Surv(time, status) ~ celltype+karno + age + trt, veteran)
vet2 <- survSplit(Surv(time, status) ~., veteran,
                       cut=c(60, 120), episode ="timegroup")
fitTD <- coxph(Surv(tstart, time, status) ~ celltype+karno + age + trt,
               data= vet2,x=1)
set.seed(16)
resVet <- ate(fitTD,formula=Hist(entry=tstart,time=time,event=status)~1,
          data = vet2, treatment = "celltype",
        times=5,verbose=1,
        landmark = c(0,30,60,90), cause = 1, B = 50, se = 1,
        band = FALSE, mc.cores=1)
summary(resVet)

## End(Not run)

## Not run: 
set.seed(137)
d=sampleDataTD(127)
library(survival)
d[,status:=1*(event==1)]
d[,X3:=as.factor(X3)]
## ignore competing risks
cox1TD <- coxph(Surv(start,time, status,type="counting") ~ X3+X5+X6+X8,
                data=d, x = TRUE)
resTD1 <- ate(cox1TD,formula=Hist(entry=start,time=time,event=status)~1,
        data = d, treatment = "X3", contrasts = NULL,
        times=.5,verbose=1,
        landmark = c(0,0.5,1), B = 20, se = 1,
        band = FALSE, mc.cores=1)
resTD1
## account for competing risks
cscTD <- CSC(Hist(time=time, event=event,entry=start) ~ X3+X5+X6+X8, data=d)
set.seed(16)
resTD <- ate(cscTD,formula=Hist(entry=start,time=time,event=event)~1,
        data = d, treatment = "X3", contrasts = NULL,
        times=.5,verbose=1,
        landmark = c(0,0.5,1), cause = 1, B = 20, se = 1,
        band = FALSE, mc.cores=1)
resTD

## End(Not run)

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