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Large-Scale Simultaneous Inference with Hypothesis Testing: Multiple Testing Procedures in Practice

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)653-683
JournalMachine Learning and Knowledge Extraction
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2019
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


A statistical hypothesis test is one of the most eminent methods in statistics. Its pivotal role comes from the wide range of practical problems it can be applied to and the sparsity of data requirements. Being an unsupervised method makes it very flexible in adapting to real-world situations. The availability of high-dimensional data makes it necessary to apply such statistical hypothesis tests simultaneously to the test statistics of the underlying covariates. However, if applied without correction this leads to an inevitable increase in Type 1 errors. To counteract this effect, multiple testing procedures have been introduced to control various types of errors, most notably the Type 1 error. In this paper, we review modern multiple testing procedures for controlling either the family-wise error (FWER) or the false-discovery rate (FDR). We emphasize their principal approach allowing categorization of them as (1) single-step vs. stepwise approaches, (2) adaptive vs. non-adaptive approaches, and (3) marginal vs. joint multiple testing procedures. We place a particular focus on procedures that can deal with data with a (strong) correlation structure because real-world data are rarely uncorrelated. Furthermore, we also provide background information making the often technically intricate methods accessible for interdisciplinary data scientists.

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Field of science, Statistics Finland