Discrimination surfaces with application to region-specific brain asymmetry analysis

Gabriel Martos, Miguel de Carvalho

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Discrimination surfaces are here introduced as a diagnostic tool for localizing brain regions where discrimination between diseased and non-diseased subjects is higher. To estimate discrimination surfaces, we introduce a Mann–Whitney type of statistic for random fields, and present large-sample results characterizing its asymptotic behavior. Simulation results demonstrate that our estimator accurately recovers the true surface and corresponding interval of maximal discrimination. The empirical analysis suggests that in the anterior region of the brain, schizophrenia patients tend to present lower local asymmetry scores in comparison to subjects in the control group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1859-1873
Number of pages15
Issue number11
Early online date6 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2018

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