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More Powerful Control of the False Discovery Rate Under Dependence

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  • Alessio Farcomeni

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Abstract In a breakthrough paper, Benjamini and Hochberg (J Roy Stat Soc Ser B 57:289–300, 1995) proposed a new error measure for multiple testing, the FDR; and developed a distribution-free procedure to control it under independence among the test statistics. In this paper we argue by extensive simulation and theoretical considerations that the assumption of independence is not needed. Along the lines of (Ann Stat 32:1035–1061, 2004b), we moreover provide a more powerful method, that exploits an estimator of the number of false nulls among the tests. We propose a whole family of iterative estimators that prove robust under dependence and independence between the test statistics. These estimators can be used to improve also classical multiple testing procedures, and in general to estimate the weight of a known component in a mixture distribution. Innovations are illustrated by simulations.
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Article provided by Springer & Società Italiana di Statistica in its journal Statistical Methods and Applications.

Volume (Year): 15 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (May)
Pages: 43-73

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Handle: RePEc:spr:stmapp:v:15:y:2006:i:1:p:43-73
DOI: 10.1007/s10260-006-0002-z
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  1. Efron B. & Tibshirani R. & Storey J.D. & Tusher V., 2001. "Empirical Bayes Analysis of a Microarray Experiment," Journal of the American Statistical Association, American Statistical Association, vol. 96, pages 1151-1160, December.
  2. John D. Storey, 2002. "A direct approach to false discovery rates," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series B, Royal Statistical Society, vol. 64(3), pages 479-498.
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