Seminar Announcement

Variable Selection for Censored Quantile Regression

  • Speaker: Prof. Jianhui Zhou
  • University of Virginia
  • Date: Friday, November 7, 2014
  • Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Location: Room 207 (NVC)


Quantile regression has emerged as a powerful tool in survival analysis as it directly links the quantiles of patients' survival times to their demographic and genomic profiles, facilitating the identification of important prognostic factors. In view of limited work on variable selection in the context, we develop a new adaptive-lasso-based variable selection procedure for quantile regression with censored outcomes. To account for random censoring for data with multivariate covariates, we employ the ideas of redistribution-of- mass and effective dimension reduction. Asymptotically our procedure enjoys the model selection consistency that is identifying the true model with probability tending to one. Moreover, as opposed to the existing methods, our new proposal requires fewer assumptions, leading to more accurate variable selection. The analysis of a real cancer clinical trial demonstrates that our procedure can identify and distinguish important factors associated with patient subpopulations characterized by short or long survivals, which is of particular interest to oncologists.

Speaker's Biography

Dr. Jianhui Zhou is an Associate Professor in Statistics at the University of Virginia. He got his Bachelor degree in Mathematics from the University of Science and Technology of China, and his Master and Ph.D. degrees in Statistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Zhou's main research areas include variable selection, robust statistics, and high dimensional data analysis. He is currently interested in modeling child growth using longitudinal and functional data analysis techniques.