Title: AdaPT: An interactive procedure for multiple testing with side information
Authors: Lihua Lei - University of California, Berkeley (United States) [presenting]
William Fithian - University of California at Berkeley (United States)
Abstract: The problem of multiple hypothesis testing with generic side information is considered: for each hypothesis $H_i$ we observe both a p-value $p_i$ and some predictor $x_i$ encoding contextual information about the hypothesis. For large-scale problems, adaptively focusing power on the more promising hypotheses (those more likely to yield discoveries) can lead to much more powerful multiple testing procedures. We propose a general iterative framework for this problem, called the Adaptive p-value Thresholding (AdaPT) procedure, which adaptively estimates a Bayes-optimal p-value rejection threshold and controls the false discovery rate (FDR) in finite samples. At each iteration of the procedure, the analyst proposes a rejection threshold and observes partially censored p-values, estimates the false discovery proportion (FDP) below the threshold, and proposes another threshold, until the estimated FDP is below. Our procedure is adaptive in an unusually strong sense, permitting the analyst to use any statistical or machine learning method she chooses to estimate the optimal threshold, and to switch between different models at each iteration as information accrues. We demonstrate the favorable performance of AdaPT by comparing it to state-of-the-art methods in various examples.