A semiparametric efficient estimator in case-control studies

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We construct a semiparametric estimator in case-control studies where the gene and the environment are assumed to be independent. A discrete or continuous parametric distribution of the genes is assumed in the model. A discrete distribution of the genes can be used to model the mutation or presence of certain group of genes. A continuous distribution allows the distribution of the gene effects to be in a finite-dimensional parametric family and can hence be used to model the gene expression levels. We leave the distribution of the environment totally unspecified. The estimator is derived through calculating the efficiency score function in a hypothetical setting where a close approximation to the samples is random. The resulting estimator is proved to be efficient in the hypothetical situation. The efficiency of the estimator is further demonstrated to hold in the case-control setting as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-603
Number of pages19
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability


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