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 sizes of numerous SNPs by treating these effects as random, producing predictions which are consistently superior to current state of the art, as we demonstrate in extensive simulation.”

Golan, D., & Rosset, S. (2014). Effective Genetic Risk Prediction Using Mixed Models. Retrieved from http://xxx.tau.ac.il/abs/1405.2709, arXiv:1405.2709 [q-bio.QM] [PDF]