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Activity Number: 471 - New Frontier in Developments of Complex-Structured High-Dimensional Data Analysis
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: International Chinese Statistical Association
Abstract #320991
Title: Triply Robust Surrogate-and-Model-Assisted Semi-Supervised Transfer Learning
Author(s): Mengyan Li* and Tianxi Cai and Molei Liu
Companies: Bentley University and Harvard University and Harvard University
Keywords: Covariate shift; surrogate-assisted semi-supervised learning; High dimensional data; Nonconvex penalties; Model misspecification; Triple robustness

In this work, we propose a robust and efficient transferring approach for high dimensional surrogate-assisted semi-supervised learning, which integrates labeled observations in the source population and leverages unlabeled observations in the target population simultaneously, to improve the learning accuracy in the target population. Specifically, we consider a covariate shift setting and employ two nuisance models, a density ratio model and an imputation model, to combine transfer learning and surrogate-assisted semi-supervised learning strategies organically and achieve triple robustness. Different from double robustness, even if both nuisance models are misspecified, when the transferred source population and the target population share enough similarities, our triply robust estimator can still partially utilize the source population, and it is theoretically guaranteed to be no worse than the target-only surrogate-assisted semi-supervised estimator with negligible errors. We apply our method to improve the learning accuracy of polygenic risk prediction for Type II diabetes in African American population with the European population as the source.

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