SAS launches free version for academics (SAS University Edition, SAS on Demand for academics)

Functionality seems limited, but interesting for learning SAS … Citing the SAS web page (not necessarily my  opinion): “The new SAS University Edition will offer free use of SAS foundational technologies, ideal for data and statistical analysis in teaching, research and self-paced learning. Available via quick download from the web, SAS University Edition will be…

Effective Genetic Risk Prediction Using Mixed Models

“To date, efforts to produce high-quality polygenic risk scores from genome-wide studies of common disease have focused on estimating and aggregating the effects of multiple SNPs. Here we propose a novel statistical approach for genetic risk prediction, based on random and mixed effects models. Our approach (termed GeRSI) circumvents the need to estimate the effect…

Workshop “Phenotype Prediction using Genomic Data” [ONLINE] – August 11th, 2014

“Many important traits in livestock, agriculture and human health have a quantitative genetic inheritance. Great advances have been achieved in genetics and statistics, which provided analytical methodologies (i.e. genome-wide prediction) that permit a better understanding and prediction of these complex traits. The objective of this workshop is to present and discuss recent results and theoretical…

Ten things which annoy me about R …

Nobody doubts that R (r-project.org) is a great statistical language and analysis system, but hey, developers, could you please … 1) create a modern website (the present one is so old school that I wonder why you did not use animated gifs for bullet points) … just look at what the bioconductor guys do at…

GERA study – Large genetic data set available at dbGAP

“Qualified researchers can now for the first time access data from one of the United States’ largest and most diverse genomics projects—the Genetic Epidemiology Research on Aging (GERA). The GERA cohort, at Kaiser Permanente Northern California system, has data on 78,000 members. You can apply to use these data in your research.” [3] 1) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/projects/gap/cgi-bin/study.cgi?study_id=phs000674.v1.p1…