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Computes the P-value and Sensitivity Bound for Testing Twice.

The function testtwice() is a convenient way to call the function tt(). Conversely, the function tt() is a less convenient but more flexible way to test twice. The function tt() requires you to build a matrix of signed ranks, but testtwice() builds that matrix for you.

The function tt() computes the P-value for testing twice from from a vector y of matched pair differences and a matrix H of ranks of the absolute values of y. In contrast, testwice() follows your instructions and builds H according to those instructions. Alternatively, by setting do.test=FALSE, testtwice() will assist in constructing some columns of H for use by tt(). See Details.

The default is the same as u858 = TRUE and u878 = TRUE. If you do not take the default, then you must set at least two of the statistics to TRUE; otherwise, an error will result.

Keywords
htest
Usage
testtwice(y, dose = NULL, gamma = 1, u858 = FALSE,
   u888 = FALSE, u878 = FALSE, u868 = FALSE,
   u867 = FALSE, u222 = FALSE, brown = FALSE,
   noether = FALSE, tailored = FALSE, alternative="greater",
   do.test = TRUE)
Arguments
y

A vector of matched pair differences.

dose

If is.null(dose), then there are no doses. Otherwise, dose is a vector with length(dose)=length(y) giving nonnegative doses of treatment for the treated individual in a matched pair, where the control received dose zero. If there are doses, the ranks are multiplied by the doses. An error will result if some doses are negative.

gamma

Value of the sensitivity parameter, gamma>=1, with gamma=1 for a randomization test.

u858

If u858 is TRUE, one column of H is created by the function multrnk() as multrnk(y, m1 = 5, m2 = 8, m = 8). See the documentaion for multrnk and Rosenbaum (2011).

u888

If u888 is TRUE, one column of H is created by the function multrnk() as multrnk(y, m1 = 8, m2 = 8, m = 8). See the documentaion for multrnk, Stephenson (1981), and Rosenbaum (2007, 2011).

u878

If u878 is TRUE, one column of H is created by the function multrnk() as multrnk(y, m1 = 7, m2 = 8, m = 8). See the documentaion for multrnk and Rosenbaum (2011).

u868

If u868 is TRUE, one column of H is created by the function multrnk() as multrnk(y, m1 = 6, m2 = 8, m = 8). See the documentaion for multrnk and Rosenbaum (2011).

u867

If u868 is TRUE, one column of H is created by the function multrnk() as multrnk(y, m1 = 6, m2 = 7, m = 8). See the documentaion for multrnk and Rosenbaum (2011).

u222

If u868 is TRUE, one column of H is created by the function multrnk() as multrnk(y, m1 = 2, m2 = 2, m = 2). See the documentaion for multrnk and Rosenbaum (2011). These ranks are nearly the same as Wilcoxon's ranks; see Stephenson (1981) and Pratt and Gibbons (1981, Section 3.5). Specifically, these ranks produce the U-statistic that is nearly identical to Wilcoxon's statistic.

brown

If brown is TRUE, one column of H is created by the function bmhranks() as bmhranks(y, q1=1/3, q2=2/3). This yields Brown (1981)'s test. See the documentaion for bmhranks() and Rosenbaum (2012a). These ranks are one special case of the two-step ranks proposed by Markowski and Hettmansperger (1982).

noether

If noether is TRUE, one column of H is created by the function bmhranks() as bmhranks(y, q1=2/3, q2=2/3). This yields one version of Noether (1973)'s test and one version of the one-step tests proposed by Markowski and Hettmansperger (1982). See the documentaion for bmhranks and and Rosenbaum (2012a).

tailored

If tailored is TRUE, one column of H is contains the tailored ranks in Rosenbaum (2015, Section 4.3 and Table 3). Although somewhat complex in form, these ranks have attractive design sensitivity and Bahadur efficiency compared with Noether's ranks above.

alternative

If alternative="greater"", then the null hypothesis of no effect is tested against an alternative of a positive effect. If alternative="less"", then the null hypothesis of no effect is tested against an alternative of a negative effect. For a two-sided test, do both tests, double the smaller of the two one-sided P-values, and replace values above 1 by 1.

do.test

If do.test=TRUE, then testtwice calls tt() to perform the test. If do.test=FALSE, then testtwice does not perform the test, but instead returns one or more columns of H. With do.test=FALSE, the user can build H using cbind() to combine several columns built by one or more calls to testtwice, and perhaps several other columns built by the user.

Details

The function testtwice() is a convenient way to call the fucntion tt() which computes the P-value for testing twice from from a vector y of matched pair differences and a matrix H of ranks of the absolute values of y. The function testtwice() can create the matrix H and call tt(). Alternatively, testtwice() can create one or more columns of H that may be combined using cbind() to create H for use with tt(). The function testtwice() automates the construction of H in some common situations, but the function tt() gives the user total control over the construction of H, albeit with greater effort. Literally, one is testing twice if H has two columns, but H can have more than two columns.

With matched pair differences in an observational study, the functions testtwice() and tt() perform several signed rank tests with different ways of scoring the absolute ranks of the differences, and corrects for multiple testing using the joint limiting Normal distribution of the tests. For gamma>1, the functions perform a sensitivity analysis, reporting an upper bound on the one-sided P-value. The method and example are from Rosenbaum (2012b).

IMPORTANT: The default is equivalent to setting u858 = TRUE and u878 = TRUE. That is, if no test statistic is selected, then u858 and u878 are selected.

Setting alternative="less" has the same effect as replacing y by -y with alternative="greater".

For a textbook discussion of adaptive inference by testing twice, see Rosenbaum (2020a, section 19.3). A different approach to adaptive inference in observational studies is discussed in Rosenbaum (2020b).

Use the function senU() in the DOS2 package if you do not wish to test twice, but do wish to do a sensitivity analysis using the U-statistic in Rosenbaum (2011), with confidence intervals and point estimates.

Value

If do.test=TRUE, then a list containing the following items is returned.

pval

The upper bound on the one-sided P-value from the joint test. If gamma=1, then this is the P-value, not an upper bound on the P-value.

dev

The standardized deviates from the joint test, one for each column of H. The test uses the largest standardized deviate, correcting for multiple testing.

cr

The correlation matrix of the test statistics under the null hypothesis at the given value of gamma.

If do.test=FALSE, then a vector or matrix of signed ranks is returned for use in the function tt(). See the examples.

Note

Various signed rank statistics have been proposed by Brown (1981), Markowski and Hettmansperger (1982), Noether (1973), Rosenbaum (2007, 2011) and Stephenson (1981). The function testtwice() uses two or more of these signed ranks to perform the test. See also the documentation for tt().

If y[i]=0, then the ith pair difference does not contribute to the permutation test.

References

Berk, R. H. and Jones, D. H. (1978) <doi:10.2307/4615706> Relatively optimal combinations of test statistics. Scandinavian Journal of Statistics, 158-162.

Brown, B. M. (1981) <doi:10.1093/biomet/68.1.235> Symmetric quantile averages and related estimators. Biometrika, 68(1), 235-242.

Conover, W. J. and Salsburg, D. S. (1988) <doi:10.2307/2531906> Locally most powerful tests for detecting treatment effects when only a subset of patients can be expected to respond to treatment. Biometrics, 189-196.

Markowski, E. P. and Hettmansperger, T. P. (1982) <doi:10.2307/2287325> Inference based on simple rank step score statistics for the location model. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 77(380), 901-907.

Noether, G. E. (1973) <doi:10.2307/2284805> Some simple distribution-free confidence intervals for the center of a symmetric distribution. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 68(343), 716-719.

Pratt, J. W. and Gibbons, J. D. (1981) <doi:10.1007/978-1-4612-5931-2> Concepts of Nonparametric Theory. New York: Springer. (Section 3.5)

Rosenbaum, P. R. (1999) <doi:10.1111/1467-9876.00140> Using quantile averages in matched observational studies. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series C (Applied Statistics), 48(1), 63-78.

Rosenbaum, P. R. (2007) <doi:10.1111/j.1541-0420.2007.00783.x> Confidence intervals for uncommon but dramatic responses to treatment. Biometrics, 63(4), 1164-1171.

Rosenbaum, P. R. (2011) <doi:10.1111/j.1541-0420.2010.01535.x> A new U-Statistic with superior design sensitivity in matched observational studies. Biometrics, 67(3), 1017-1027.

Rosenbaum, P. R. (2012a) <doi:10.1214/11-AOAS508> An exact adaptive test with superior design sensitivity in an observational study of treatments for ovarian cancer. The Annals of Applied Statistics, 6(1), 83-105.

Rosenbaum, P. R. (2012b) <doi:10.1093/biomet/ass032> Testing one hypothesis twice in observational studies. Biometrika, 99(4), 763-774.

Rosenbaum, P. R. (2015) <doi:10.1080/01621459.2014.960968> Bahadur efficiency of sensitivity analyses in observational studies. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 110(509), 205-217.

Rosenbaum, P. R. (2020a) <doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-1213-8> Design of Observational Studies (2nd edition). NY: Springer.

Rosenbaum, P. R. (2020b) <doi:10.1093/biomet/asaa032> A conditional test with demonstrated insensitivity to unmeasured bias in matched observational studies. Biometrika, to appear.

Stephenson, W. R. (1981) <doi:10.2307/2287596> A general class of one-sample nonparametric test statistics based on subsamples. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 76(376), 960-966.

Aliases
  • testtwice
Examples
# NOT RUN {
data(smokerlead)
attach(smokerlead)

testtwice(lead,gamma=3)
testtwice(llead,gamma=3)
testtwice(llead,u858=TRUE,u888=TRUE,gamma=3)
# Same calculation, done differently.
H<-testtwice(llead,u858=TRUE,u888=TRUE,do.test=FALSE)
dim(H)
tt(llead,H,gamma=3)


# The following example reproduces parts of the second
# column (Brown) of Table 3 in Rosenbaum (2012).
# An example in the documentation for function tt()
# does the same calculation in a different way.
brn<-testtwice(lead,brown=TRUE,do.test=FALSE)
brnd<-testtwice(lead,dose=dose,brown=TRUE,do.test=FALSE)
brnl<-testtwice(llead,brown=TRUE,do.test=FALSE)
tt(lead,cbind(brn,brnd,brnl),gamma=3.2)

# The following example reproduces parts of the third
# column (U-statistic) of Table 3 in Rosenbaum (2012).
u878<-testtwice(lead,u878=TRUE,do.test=FALSE)
u867<-testtwice(lead,u867=TRUE,do.test=FALSE)
u878L<-testtwice(llead,u878=TRUE,do.test=FALSE)
u867L<-testtwice(llead,u867=TRUE,do.test=FALSE)
tt(lead,cbind(u878,u867,u878L,u867L),gamma=3.2)
tt(lead,cbind(u878,u867,u878L,u867L),gamma=3.6)

# The following example compares noether=TRUE and tailored=TRUE.
testtwice(llead,brown=TRUE,noether=TRUE,gamma=3.74)
testtwice(llead,brown=TRUE,tailored=TRUE,gamma=3.74)

rm(brn,brnd,brnl,u878,u878L,u867,u867L,H)
detach(smokerlead)
# }
Documentation reproduced from package testtwice, version 1.0.3, License: GPL-2

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