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YSPH Biostatistics Seminar: “Estimation and Inference for Networks of Multi-Experiment Point Processes”

NOTE: BIS 525 students are required to attend in person. Others are invited to attend in person, but may also attend via Zoom.

SPEAKER: Ali Shojaie, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics, Adjunct Professor of Statistics, University of Washington

TITLE: "Estimation and Inference for Networks of Multi-Experiment Point Processes"

ABSTRACT: Modern high-dimensional point process data, especially those from neuroscience experiments, often involve observations from multiple conditions and/or experiments. Networks of interactions corresponding to these conditions are expected to share many edges, but also exhibit unique, condition-specific ones. However, the degree of similarity among the networks from different conditions is generally unknown. To address these needs, we propose a joint estimation procedure for networks of high-dimensional point processes that incorporates easy-to-compute weights in order to data-adaptively encourage similarity between the estimated networks. We also propose a powerful hierarchical multiple testing procedure for edges of all estimated networks, which accounts for the data-driven similarity structure of the multi-experiment networks. Compared to conventional multiple testing procedures, our proposed procedure greatly reduces the number of tests and results in improved power, while tightly controlling the family-wise error rate. Unlike existing procedures, our method is also free of assumptions on dependency between tests, offers flexibility on p-values calculated along the hierarchy, and is robust to misspecification of the hierarchical structure.


  • University Washington

    Ali Shojaie, PhD
    Professor of Biostatistics, Adjunct Professor of Statistics


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