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SDS Seminar Series: Dr. Marina Vannucci (Friday 10/29/21, 2pm)
Friday, October 29, 2021, 02:00pm - 03:00pm

The Fall 2021 SDS Seminar Series continues on Friday, October 29 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with Dr. Marina Vannucci (Noah Harding Professor at the Department of Statistics at Rice University).

This event is virtual. Please contact stat.admin@austin.utexas.edu for the Zoom link.

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Title: Bayesian Models for Microbiome Data with Variable Selection

Abstract: I will describe Bayesian models developed for understanding how the microbiome varies within a population of interest. I will focus on integrative analyses, where the goal is to combine microbiome data with other available information (e.g. dietary patterns) to identify significant associations between taxa and a set of predictors. For this, I will describe a general class of hierarchical Dirichlet-Multinomial (DM) regression models which use spike-and-slab priors for the selection of the significant associations. I will also describe a joint model that efficiently embeds DM regression models and compositional regression frameworks, in order to investigate how the microbiome may affect the relation between dietary factors and phenotypic responses, such as body mass index. I will discuss advantages and limitations of the proposed methods with respect to current standard approaches used in the microbiome community, and will present results on the analysis of real datasets. If time allows, I will also briefly present extensions of the model to mediation analysis.

Location: Zoom