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From |
"Bains, Lauren" <Lauren.Bains@insel.ch> |

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"statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

Subject |
st: bootstrapping with senspec |

Date |
Tue, 4 Sep 2012 09:23:19 +0000 |

Hello, I am trying to use bootstrapping in STATA 12.1 to calculate 95% confidence intervals of "sensitivity", "specificity", and "accuracy" on a clustered dataset of diagnosing positive and negative lymph node metastases clustered by pelvic side (right and left pelvic sides). I am new to programming with STATA, and am having some problems with the CIs, which I assume are likely related to my initial programming attempts. I am using the module senspec to return the true positives (TP), false negatives (FN), TN, FP, calculate accuracy, and return the sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy, which I downloaded from: http://ideas.repec.org/c/boc/bocode/s439801.html My bootstrapping program looks like this (apologies for what is likely an inelegant attempt): capture program drop bootstrap_sens_spec_da program define sens_spec_da, rclass tempvar s_calc_sens s_calc_spec fp1 fn1 tp1 tn1 senspec `1' `2', sensitivity(`s_calc_sens') specificity(`s_calc_spec') nfpos(`fp1') nfneg(`fn1') ntpos(`tp1') ntneg(`tn1') return scalar calc_da = (`tp1'+`tn1')/(`tp1'+`tn1'+`fp1'+`fn1') return scalar calc_sens =`s_calc_sens' return scalar calc_spec =`s_calc_spec' end Then, I am using bootstrapping to calculate the confidence intervals: bootstrap r(calc_sens) r(calc_spec) r(calc_da), reps(1000) cluster(side): sens_spec_da histo_LN_ bin_R3_LN_ estat bootstrap, all Some of the time this seems to work although the CIs seem large, compared with the results that one gets for sensitivity and specificity when not accounting for clustering using, for example, diagt. Sometimes it does not work at all. Using diagt to find the sensitivity and specificity for the 3rd reader works fine, but the bootstrapping fails. Here is the output of diagt: . diagt histo_LN_ bin_R3_LN_ | bin_R3_LN_ histo_LN_ | Pos. Neg. | Total -----------+----------------------+---------- Abnormal | 25 19 | 44 Normal | 25 171 | 196 -----------+----------------------+---------- Total | 50 190 | 240 True abnormal diagnosis defined as histo_LN_ = 1 [95% Confidence Interval] --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Prevalence Pr(A) 18.3% 13.6% 23.8% --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sensitivity Pr(+|A) 56.8% 41.0% 71.7% Specificity Pr(-|N) 87.2% 81.7% 91.6% And here is STATA's output of bootstrapping on the readings for R3 (the third reader): . bootstrap r(calc_sens) r(calc_spec) r(calc_da), reps(1000) cluster(side): sens_spec_da histo_LN_ bin_R3_LN_ .... Bootstrap results Number of obs = 240 Replications = 1000 command: sens_spec_da histo_LN_ bin_R3_LN_ _bs_1: r(calc_sens) _bs_2: r(calc_spec) _bs_3: r(calc_da) (Replications based on 2 clusters in side) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ | Observed Bootstrap Normal-based | Coef. Std. Err. z P>|z| [95% Conf. Interval] -------------+---------------------------------------------------------------- _bs_1 | 1 . . . . . _bs_2 | 0 (omitted) _bs_3 | .1833333 .0235188 7.80 0.000 .1372373 .2294294 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ (notice that the first two results, for sensitivity and specificity, fail to match with diagt) This is my first time posting to the STATA listserv, so I give my apologies in advance if I have provided too much (or not enough) detail. I can attach the dataset if that would be helpful. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Thanks, Lauren Bains * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: st: bootstrapping with senspec***From:*Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>

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