A resample-replace lasso procedure for combining high-dimensional markers with limit of detection

  • Jinjuan Wang (Creator)
  • Yunpeng Zhao (Creator)
  • Larry L. Tang (Creator)
  • Claudius Mueller (Creator)
  • Qizhai Li (Creator)



In disease screening, a biomarker combination developed by combining multiple markers tends to have a higher sensitivity than an individual marker. Parametric methods for marker combination rely on the inverse of covariance matrices, which is often a non-trivial problem for high-dimensional data generated by modern high-throughput technologies. Additionally, another common problem in disease diagnosis is the existence of limit of detection (LOD) for an instrument – that is, when a biomarker's value falls below the limit, it cannot be observed and is assigned an NA value. To handle these two challenges in combining high-dimensional biomarkers with the presence of LOD, we propose a resample-replace lasso procedure. We first impute the values below LOD and then use the graphical lasso method to estimate the means and precision matrices for the high-dimensional biomarkers. The simulation results show that our method outperforms alternative methods such as either substitute NA values with LOD values or remove observations that have NA values. A real case analysis on a protein profiling study of glioblastoma patients on their survival status indicates that the biomarker combination obtained through the proposed method is more accurate in distinguishing between two groups.
Date made available2021
PublisherTaylor & Francis

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