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In evaluating the accuracy of diagnostic imaging tests, multi-reader
studies are often performed. These studies characterize the performance
of a sample of readers and allow unbiased comparisons between competing
diagnostic tests. To date, most multi-reader imaging studies have used
a fully-crossed design where each reader interprets each image in the study;
however, these studies require that each reader interpret many images,
and the number of required interpretations often becomes a limiting factor in the study. Split-plot designs have been proposed recently for multi-reader studies. These studies can greatly reduce the number of interpretations required of each reader. Obuchowski et al (Acad Radiol, 2012; 19: 1508-1517) present and compare three statistical methods for analyzing data from a split-plot multi-reader imaging study. They illustrate the new methods with a 36-reader, 200-patient split-plot study of breast cancer detection. Read more here.
Binary prediction models – that is, statistical models intended to measure absolute risk of a dichotomous disease status or outcome variable – are used widely in clinical care and biomedical research settings. These risks are commonly expressed as a predicted probability. A fundamental issue involved with predicted probabilities is whether or not patients with, say, a 20% predicted probability for the event actually express a 20% incidence of the event (and whether or not the same is true across all predicted probabilities). This is known in the statistical literature as model calibration. Jarrod Dalton recently developed a flexible recalibration methodology which will correct predicted probabilities for miscalibrations based on a user-specified logistic regression model structure. Read more here.