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A Hierarchical Semiparametric Regression Model for Combining HIV-1 Phylogenetic Analyses Using Iterative Reweighting Algorithms
Li-Jung Liang and Robert E. Weiss
Vol. 63, No. 3 (Sep., 2007), pp. 733-741
Published by: International Biometric Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4541405
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Phylogenetic modeling is computationally challenging and most phylogeny models fit a single phylogeny to a single set of molecular sequences. Individual phylogenetic analyses are typically performed independently using publicly available software that fits a computationally intensive Bayesian model using Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) simulation. We develop a Bayesian hierarchical semiparametric regression model to combine multiple phylogenetic analyses of HIV-1 nucleotide sequences and estimate parameters of interest within and across analyses. We use a mixture of Dirichlet processes as a prior for the parameters to relax inappropriate parametric assumptions and to ensure the prior distribution for the parameters is continuous. We use several reweighting algorithms for combining completed MCMC analyses to shrink parameter estimates while adjusting for data set-specific covariates. This avoids constructing a large complex model involving all the original data, which would be computationally challenging and would require rewriting the existing stand-alone software.
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