Empiric distributions [PK / PD]

posted by Helmut Homepage – Vienna, Austria, 2012-03-23 02:50 (4445 d 01:40 ago) – Posting: # 8319
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Dear ElMaestro!

❝ this thread gave me an idea (sorry for going a bit off topic now):

That’s perfect on topic!

❝ The whole general use of log transformation is quite unjustified from a biological perspective, but has a lot of appeal from a mathematical perspective in that it rectifies an assumption that must hold for normal dists and which can strictly be said to be violated with untransformed values. But other empirical transformations might have appeal as well.


❝ Someone should therefore make an Al Gore Rhythm which could find the 'best' transformation among a set of possible transformations (this would by nature have to be a limited number of known transformations) on a limited number of datasets and see if there's anything useful, like consensus, coming out for whichever parameters are of interest.

Right. \(1/\sqrt{x}\) is a nice one. ;-) I think there are different parties out there:

❝ Of course, there's trouble ahead: It might not be easy to define an objective function that gives a clearcut winner.

Yep. Generally the sample size is much too small. Whilst log-transform is a clear winner in the 405 subjects (slide 43) I would not bet on the SW’s in the next slide (12 subjects; p 0.29668 vs. 0.85764). Normality tests are no decision tools between two transformations.

❝ I am myself in uncharted territory here but I would perhaps naïvely start with something like the Shapiro-Wilks statistic or a regression goodness-of-fit statistic from the QQ plot, and then make sure not to compare it between datasets but only within.

What do you mean by “only within”? If we run them on the single studies, power will be too low (see the example above) and inconclusive. That’s why Volker Steinijans looked at the distribution of historical data and defined the method of a particular study a priori. I think that’s the way to go. But: Requires data, data, data.

So here we are – 10 studies on MR methylphenidate formulations (designs 2×2, 6×3, 4×4; 10–60 mg, 12–24 subjects/study, 174 subjects total; t75%, HVD, MRTt, Cmax/AUCt):





Tails are amazing. We use a pretty sensitive method; LLOQ <1% of Cmax, residual AUC <5%, residual AUMC <15%…

❝ Just another useless idea from ElMaestro... I should perhaps just stick to poetry?!?

Have you tried that before? Far more complicated.

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