Biostatistics Seminar Series, January 6, 2021


The Fred Hutch Biostatistics Program hosts seminars featuring presentations by Hutch and outside scientists to share their latest developments and recent research. Each seminar includes an hour-long presentation and discussion during which speakers showcase their work and findings.

This seminar will be held on Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brian Williamson


Biostatistics Seminar Series: 

Statistical inference and containerization in computational pipelines

Machine learning, while a valuable tool in many contexts, is often used without reliable checks to ensure that the resulting predictions are useful and reproducible. In this talk, I will discuss three approaches towards a more principled use of machine learning: inference on the goodness of fit, inference on variable importance, and containerization. Inference on meaningful target parameters in the context of machine learning can be a helpful part of the data analysis pipeline, ensuring that the predictions made are achieving some level of good performance. The use of containers allows for explicit standardization of an entire computing environment, from the operating system down to specific software packages. As case study, we will consider the task of selecting broadly neutralizing antibody (bnAb) regimens for future efficacy trials using machine learning, and a computational platform for doing so that incorporates the above methods. This is joint work with Craig Magaret, Sohail Nizam, Peter Gilbert, and David Benkeser.

Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Start Time:
12 p.m. PST
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Zoom Webinar

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Last Modified, January 19, 2021