Model averaging software for dichotomous dose response risk estimation.
Wheeler MW; Bailer AJ
J Stat Softw 2008 Jun; 26(5):1-15
Model averaging has been shown to be a useful method for incorporating model uncertainty in quantitative risk estimation. In certain circumstances this technique is computationally complex, requiring sophisticated software to carry out the computation. We introduce software that implements model averaging for risk assessment based upon dichotomous dose-response data. This software, which we call Model Averaging for Dichotomous Response Benchmark Dose (MADr-BMD), fits the quantal response models, which are also used in the US Environmental Protection Agency benchmark dose software suite, and generates a model-averaged dose response model to generate benchmark dose and benchmark dose lower bound estimates. The software fulfills a need for risk assessors, allowing them to go beyond one single model in their risk assessments based on quantal data by focusing on a set of models that describes the experimental data.
Analytical-processes; Analytical-methods; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Statistical-analysis; Mathematical-models; Models;
Author Keywords: bootstrapping; information criteria; model uncertainty
Wheeler, MW, NIOSH, Education & Information Division, Risk Evaluation Branch, CDC, 4686 Columbia Parkway, MS C-15, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Journal of Statistical Software