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Estimation of the ROC Curve under Verification Bias
Biometrical journal. Biometrische Zeitschrift
The ROC (Receiver Operating Characteristic) curve is the most commonly used statistical tool for describing the discriminatory accuracy of a diagnostic test. Classical estimation of the ROC curve relies on data from a simple random sample from the target population. In practice, estimation is often complicated due to not all subjects undergoing a definitive assessment of disease status (verification). Estimation of the ROC curve based on data only from subjects with verified disease status may be badly biased. In this work we investigate the properties of the doubly robust (DR) method for estimating the ROC curve under verification bias originally developed by Rotnitzky et al. (2006) for estimating the area under the ROC curve. The DR method can be applied for continuous scaled tests and allows for a non ignorable process of selection to verification. We develop the estimator's asymptotic distribution and examine its finite sample properties via a simulation study. We exemplify the DR procedure for estimation of ROC curves with data collected on patients undergoing electron beam computer tomography, a diagnostic test for calcification of the arteries.
Diagnostic test; Nonignorable; Semiparametric model; Sensitivity analysis; Sensitivity; Specificity
Youden Index and the optimal threshold for markers with mass at zero‡
Schisterman, Enrique F.
Statistics in medicine
The Youden Index is often used as a summary measure of the receiver operating characteristic curve. It measures the effectiveness of a diagnostic marker and permits the selection of an optimal threshold value or cutoff point for the biomarker of interest. Some markers, while basically continuous and positive, have a spike or positive mass of probability at the value zero. We provide a flexible modeling approach for estimating the Youden Index and its associated cutoff point for such spiked data and compare it with the standard empirical approach. We show how this modeling approach can be adjusted to take covariate information into account. This approach is applied to data on the Coronary Calcium Score, a marker for atherosclerosis. Published in 2007 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Box–Cox power transformations; Coronary Calcium Score; diagnostic markers; mixture model; ROC curve; sensitivity; specificity
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