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Robustness of design in dose–response studies


Douglas P. Wiens, Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2G1, Canada.


Summary.  We construct experimental designs for dose–response studies. The designs are robust against possibly misspecified link functions; for this they minimize the maximum mean-squared error of the estimated dose required to attain a response in 100p% of the target population. Here p might be one particular value—p=0.5 corresponds to ED50-estimation—or it might range over an interval of values of interest. The maximum of the mean-squared error is evaluated over a Kolmogorov neighbourhood of the fitted link. Both the maximum and the minimum must be evaluated numerically; the former is carried out by quadratic programming and the latter by simulated annealing.