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Activity Number: 381 - Recent Advances in Multiple Testing and False Discovery Rate Analysis
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: IMS
Abstract #300383
Title: SOAR: Structure Online--Adaptive Rules for False Discovery Rate Control in Dynamic Models
Author(s): Wenguang Sun* and Weinan Wang
Companies: University of Southern California and Snap Inc.
Keywords: False Discovery Rate; Online FDR; Side Information; dynamic model

We consider the online testing of a stream of hypotheses where a real-time decision must be made before the next data point arrives. The error rate is required to be controlled at all decision points. Conventional simultaneous testing rules are no longer applicable due to the more stringent error constraints and absence of future data. Moreover, the online decision-making process may come to a halt when the total error budget, or alpha--wealth, is exhausted. This work develops a new class of structure online-adaptive rules (SOAR) for false discover rate (FDR) control. The proposed SOAR is a novel alpha-investment rule that precisely characterizes the tradeoffs between different actions in online decision making. SOAR captures useful structural information of the dynamic model, learns the optimal threshold adaptively in an ongoing manner and optimizes the alpha-wealth allocation in the next period. We present theory and numerical results to show that the proposed method controls the FDR at all decision points and achieves substantial power gain over existing online FDR procedures.

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