# Biostatistics for Biomedical Research

# Preface

The book is aimed at exposing biomedical researchers to modern biostatistical methods and statistical graphics, highlighting those methods that make fewer assumptions, including nonparametric statistics and robust statistical measures. In addition to covering traditional estimation and inferential techniques, the course contrasts those with the Bayesian approach, and also includes several components that have been increasingly important in the past few years, such as challenges of high-dimensional data analysis, modeling for observational treatment comparisons, analysis of differential treatment effect (heterogeneity of treatment effect), statistical methods for biomarker research, medical diagnostic research, and methods for reproducible research. A glossary of statistical terms for non-statisticians is here. `R Workflow`

is a useful companion to this book, especially for those needing to manipulate data in preparation for analysis and for those interested in embedding statistical analyses in state-of-the-art reproducible reports.

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## Acknowledgement

This material grew largely out of teaching clinical scholars and in Master of Science in Clinical Investigation programs at Duke University, University of Virginia, and Vanderbilt University. I benefitted immensely from lecture notes from colleagues such as Kerry Lee of Duke University. Thanks also goes to Vanderbilt Biostatistics colleague James C. Slaughter who made several contributions to an earlier version of the book at hbiostat.org/doc/bbr.pdf.

Date | Sections | Changes | Thanks To |
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2024-08-06 | 17 Modeling for Observational Treatment Comparisons | New overview of chapter, made a few additions throughout | |

2024-04-16 | 14.4.3 KCCQ Ceiling Effect | New subsection on KCCQ ceiling effect problem | |

2024-04-16 | Nearly Optimal Statistical Model | New subsection on optimal model to replace change score | |

2023-11-10 | 7.9 Regression Analysis of Paired Data | Fixed mixed effects ordinal model for paired rank test by using quadrature | |

2023-09-22 | 20.3.4 One-at-a-Time Bootstrap Feature Selection | New section on bootstrapping importantance ranks using one-at-a-time feature modeling | |

2023-09-16 | 20.3.3 Sample Size to Estimate a Correlation Matrix | New section on estimation of correlation matrices | |

2023-07-28 | 7.9 Regression Analysis of Paired Data | New section on using models for paired data | |

2023-07-26 | 7.8 Two-Way ANOVA Ordinal Regression Example | Added example of ordinal model for 2-way ANOVA | |

2023-06-22 | 13 Analysis of Covariance in Randomized Studies | Added big picture | |

2023-06-16 | 13.5 How Many Covariables to Use? | Added more to section on how many covariates to add | |

2023-04-27 | 7.12 Sample Size Requirement for Characterizing Entire Distributions | New section on sample size for ECDF | |

2023-04-05 | 14.4.2 Example of a Misleading Change Score | Added confidence bands | |

2023-03-30 | 20.3.1 Simulation To Understand Needed Sample Sizes | Fixed bug in simulation graphics | |

2023-03-29 | 3.2.1 Statistical Scientific Method | New link to clinical trial design resource | |

2023-03-13 | 21 Reproducible Research | New subsection on the decline effect | |

2023-02-19 | 3.9 Probability | Added link to resources for learning probability | |

2022-12-29 | 4.3.5 Graphs for Describing Statistical Model Fits | Added single-axis nomogram example | |

2022-12-28 | Started to add old study questions to end of selected chapters | ||

2022-12-03 | 14.4.2 Example of a Misleading Change Score | New section with real example of misleading change score | |

2022-11-27 | 14.4.5 Current Status vs. Change | New section on importance of current status vs. baseline status and irrelevance of change for patients | |

2022-08-02 | 19 Diagnosis | Quote about weaknesses in sens and spec; link to CrossValidated discussion | |

2022-08-31 | 8.5.2 Sample Size for r | New material on sample size vs. P(correct sign on r) |