Bayesian variable selection in multinomial probit models to identify molecular signatures of disease stage.
Sha N., Vannucci M., Tadesse MG., Brown PJ., Dragoni I., Davies N., Roberts TC., Contestabile A., Salmon M., Buckley C., Falciani F.
Here we focus on discrimination problems where the number of predictors substantially exceeds the sample size and we propose a Bayesian variable selection approach to multinomial probit models. Our method makes use of mixture priors and Markov chain Monte Carlo techniques to select sets of variables that differ among the classes. We apply our methodology to a problem in functional genomics using gene expression profiling data. The aim of the analysis is to identify molecular signatures that characterize two different stages of rheumatoid arthritis.