This package acts as a wrapper to the *penalized* R package to add the following functionality to that package:

- repeated tuning on different data folds, with parallelization to take advantage of multiple processors
- two-dimensional tuning of the Elastic Net
- calculation of cross-validated risk scores through a nested cross-validation procedure, with parallelization to take advantage of multiple processors

It also provides a function for simulation of collinear high-dimensional data with survival or binary response.

This package was developed in support of the study by Waldron et al. (2011).

This paper contains greater detail on proper application of the methods provided here. Please cite this paper when using the pensim package in your research, as well as the penalized package (Goeman (2010)).

*pensim* provides example data from a microarray experiment investigating survival of cancer patients with lung adenocarcinomas (Beer et al. (2002)). Load this data and do an initial pre-filter of genes with low IQR:

```
library(pensim)
data(beer.exprs)
data(beer.survival)
##select just 100 genes to speed computation, just for the sake of example:
set.seed(1)
beer.exprs.sample <- beer.exprs[sample(1:nrow(beer.exprs), 100),]
#
gene.quant <- apply(beer.exprs.sample, 1, quantile, probs = 0.75)
dat.filt <- beer.exprs.sample[gene.quant > log2(100),]
gene.iqr <- apply(dat.filt, 1, IQR)
dat.filt <- as.matrix(dat.filt[gene.iqr > 0.5,])
dat.filt <- t(dat.filt)
dat.filt <- data.frame(dat.filt)
#
library(survival)
surv.obj <- Surv(beer.survival$os, beer.survival$status)
```

Note that the expression data are in “wide” format, with one column per predictor (gene). It is recommended to put covariate data in a dataframe object, rather than a matrix.

Unbiased estimation of prediction accuracy involves two levels of cross-validation: an outer level for estimating prediction accuracy, and an inner level for model tuning. This process is simplified by the opt.nested.crossval function.

It is recommended first to establish the arguments for the penalized regression by testing on the *penalized* package functions `optL1`

(for LASSO), `optL2`

(for Ridge) or `cvl`

(for Elastic Net). Here we use LASSO. Setting `maxlambda1=5`

is not a generally recommended procedure, but is useful in this toy example to avoid converging on the null model.

`library(penalized)`

`## Welcome to penalized. For extended examples, see vignette("penalized").`

```
testfit <- optL1(
response = surv.obj,
penalized = dat.filt,
fold = 5,
maxlambda1 = 5,
positive = FALSE,
standardize = TRUE,
trace = FALSE
)
```

Now pass these arguments to `opt.nested.crossval()`

for cross-validated calculation and assessment of risk scores, with the additional arguments:

`outerfold`

and`nprocessors`

: number of folds for the outer level of cross-validation, and the number of processors to use for the outer level of cross-validation (see`?opt.nested.crossval`

)- optFUN and scaling: which optimization function to use (
`opt1D`

for LASSO or Ridge,`opt2D`

for Elastic Net) - see`?opt.splitval`

. - setpen and nsim: setpen defines whether to do LASSO (“
**L1**”) or Ridge (“**L2**”),`nsim`

defines the number of times to repeat tuning (see`?opt1D`

.`opt2D`

has different required arguments.)

```
set.seed(1)
preds <-
opt.nested.crossval(
outerfold = 5,
nprocessors = 1,
#opt.nested.crossval arguments
optFUN = "opt1D",
scaling = FALSE,
#opt.splitval arguments
setpen = "L1",
nsim = 1,
#opt1D arguments
response = surv.obj,
#rest are penalized::optl1 arguments
penalized = dat.filt,
fold = 5,
positive = FALSE,
standardize = TRUE,
trace = FALSE
)
```

Ideally nsim would be 50, and outerfold and fold would be 10, but the values below speed computation 200x compared to these recommended values. Note that here we are using the `standardize=TRUE`

argument of `optL1`

rather than the `scaling=TRUE`

argument of opt.splitval. These two approaches to scaling are roughly equivalent, but the scaling approaches are not the same (`scaling=TRUE`

does z-score, `standardize=TRUE`

scales to unit central L2 norm), and results will not be identical. Also, using `standardize=TRUE`

scales variables but provides coeffients for the original scale, whereas using scaling=TRUE scales variables in the training set then applies the same scales to the test set.

Cox fit on the continuous risk predictions:

```
coxfit.continuous <- coxph(surv.obj~preds)
summary(coxfit.continuous)
```

```
## Call:
## coxph(formula = surv.obj ~ preds)
##
## n= 86, number of events= 24
##
## coef exp(coef) se(coef) z Pr(>|z|)
## preds 0.01639 1.01653 0.07769 0.211 0.833
##
## exp(coef) exp(-coef) lower .95 upper .95
## preds 1.017 0.9837 0.873 1.184
##
## Concordance= 0.543 (se = 0.057 )
## Likelihood ratio test= 0.04 on 1 df, p=0.8
## Wald test = 0.04 on 1 df, p=0.8
## Score (logrank) test = 0.04 on 1 df, p=0.8
```

Dichotomize the cross-validated risk predictions at the median, for visualization:

`preds.dichot <- preds > median(preds)`

Plot the ROC curve:

```
library(survivalROC)
nobs <- length(preds)
cutoff <- 12
preds.roc <-
survivalROC(
Stime = beer.survival$os,
status = beer.survival$status,
marker = preds,
predict.time = cutoff,
span = 0.01 * nobs ^ (-0.20)
)
plot(
preds.roc$FP,
preds.roc$TP,
type = "l",
xlim = c(0, 1),
ylim = c(0, 1),
xlab = paste("FP", "\n", "AUC = ", round(preds.roc$AUC, 3)),
lty = 2,
ylab = "TP",
main = "LASSO predictions\n ROC curve at 12 months"
)
abline(0, 1)
```

Finally, we can get coefficients for the model fit on all the data, for future use. Note that nsim should ideally be greater than 1, to train the model using multiple foldings for cross-validation. The output of `opt1D`

or `opt2D`

will be a matrix with one row per simulation. The default behavior in `opt.nested.crossval()`

is to take the simulation with highest cross-validated partial log likelihood (**CVL**), which is the recommended way to select a model from the multiple simulations.

```
beer.coefs <- opt1D(
setpen = "L1",
nsim = 1,
response = surv.obj,
penalized = dat.filt,
fold = 5,
maxlambda1 = 5,
positive = FALSE,
standardize = TRUE,
trace = FALSE
)
```

We can also include unpenalized covariates, if desired. Note that when keeping only one variable for a penalized or unpenalized covariate, indexing a dataframe like `[1]`

instead of doing `[, 1]`

preserves the variable name. With `[, 1]`

the variable name gets converted to "".

```
beer.coefs.unpen <-
opt1D(
setpen = "L1",
nsim = 1,
response = surv.obj,
penalized = dat.filt[-1],
# This is equivalent to dat.filt[,-1]
unpenalized = dat.filt[1],
fold = 5,
maxlambda1 = 5,
positive = FALSE,
standardize = TRUE,
trace = FALSE
)
```

Note the non-zero first coefficient this time, due to it being unpenalized:

`beer.coefs[1, 1:5] #example output with no unpenalized covariates`

```
## L1 cvl J04130_s_at U20758_rna1_at L11672_r_at
## 4.99896033 -115.19258054 0.00000000 0.09998177 -0.10312924
```

`beer.coefs.unpen[1, 1:5] #example output with first covariate unpenalized`

```
## L1 cvl J04130_s_at U20758_rna1_at L11672_r_at
## 4.99906823 -117.76317249 -0.15193598 0.10888431 -0.03394335
```

The *pensim* also provides a convenient means to simulation high-dimensional expression data with (potentially censored) survival outcome or binary outcome which is dependent on specified covariates.

First, generate the data. Here we simulate 20 variables. The first 15 (**group “a”**) are uncorrelated, and have no association with outcome. The final five (**group “b”**) have covariance of 0.8 to each other variable in that group. The response variable is associated with the first variable group “b” (`firstonly=TRUE`

) with a coefficient of 2.

Binary outcomes for \(n_s= 50\) samples are simulated as a Bernoulli distribution with probability for patient s:

\[\begin{equation} p_{s} =\frac{1}{1 + exp(-\beta X_{s})} \end{equation}\]

with \(\beta_{s,16} = 0.5\) and all other \(\beta_{s,i}\) equal to zero.

The code for this simulation is as follows:

```
set.seed(9)
x <- create.data(
nvars = c(15, 5),
cors = c(0, 0.8),
associations = c(0, 2),
firstonly = c(TRUE, TRUE),
nsamples = 50,
response = "binary",
logisticintercept = 0.5
)
```

Take a look at the simulated data:

`summary(x)`

```
## Length Class Mode
## summary 6 data.frame list
## associations 20 -none- numeric
## covariance 400 -none- numeric
## data 21 data.frame list
```

`x$summary`

```
## start end cors associations num firstonly
## a 1 15 0.0 0 15 TRUE
## b 16 20 0.8 2 5 TRUE
```

A simple logistic model fails at variable selection in this case:

`simplemodel <- glm(outcome ~ ., data = x$data, family = binomial)`

`## Warning: glm.fit: algorithm did not converge`

`## Warning: glm.fit: fitted probabilities numerically 0 or 1 occurred`

`summary(simplemodel)`

```
##
## Call:
## glm(formula = outcome ~ ., family = binomial, data = x$data)
##
## Deviance Residuals:
## Min 1Q Median 3Q Max
## -8.155e-05 -2.100e-08 2.100e-08 2.100e-08 7.017e-05
##
## Coefficients:
## Estimate Std. Error z value Pr(>|z|)
## (Intercept) 146.045 28566.445 0.005 0.996
## a.1 205.225 36863.342 0.006 0.996
## a.2 -350.824 60613.163 -0.006 0.995
## a.3 26.278 9549.552 0.003 0.998
## a.4 -221.866 39113.234 -0.006 0.995
## a.5 95.717 24911.161 0.004 0.997
## a.6 36.924 12817.964 0.003 0.998
## a.7 -246.090 44715.891 -0.006 0.996
## a.8 65.058 13128.095 0.005 0.996
## a.9 -316.993 58214.882 -0.005 0.996
## a.10 4.299 20688.797 0.000 1.000
## a.11 -218.757 39199.270 -0.006 0.996
## a.12 63.066 20305.078 0.003 0.998
## a.13 54.937 11733.007 0.005 0.996
## a.14 -112.590 30198.194 -0.004 0.997
## a.15 398.687 74940.068 0.005 0.996
## b.1 498.778 88875.945 0.006 0.996
## b.2 -297.858 56626.061 -0.005 0.996
## b.3 -677.344 116466.624 -0.006 0.995
## b.4 188.575 39169.971 0.005 0.996
## b.5 699.090 123792.675 0.006 0.995
##
## (Dispersion parameter for binomial family taken to be 1)
##
## Null deviance: 6.5342e+01 on 49 degrees of freedom
## Residual deviance: 6.6338e-08 on 29 degrees of freedom
## AIC: 42
##
## Number of Fisher Scoring iterations: 25
```

But LASSO does a better job, selecting several of the collinear variables in the “b” group of variables which are associated with outcome:

```
lassofit <-
opt1D(
nsim = 3,
nprocessors = 1,
setpen = "L1",
penalized = x$data[1:20],
response = x$data[, "outcome"],
trace = FALSE,
fold = 10
)
print(lassofit)
```

```
## L1 cvl (Intercept) a.1 a.2 a.3 a.4 a.5 a.6 a.7 a.8 a.9 a.10
## [1,] 3.436910 -27.56252 0.6389925 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
## [2,] 4.167477 -27.70431 0.6255205 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
## [3,] 3.949795 -28.37533 0.6291330 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
## a.11 a.12 a.13 a.14 a.15 b.1 b.2 b.3 b.4 b.5
## [1,] 0 0 0 0 0.0128977 0.9981297 0 0 0 0
## [2,] 0 0 0 0 0.0000000 0.8915954 0 0 0 0
## [3,] 0 0 0 0 0.0000000 0.9227009 0 0 0 0
```

And visualize the data as a heatmap:

```
dat <- t(as.matrix(x$data[,-match("outcome", colnames(x$data))]))
heatmap(dat, ColSideColors = ifelse(x$data$outcome == 0, "black", "white"))
```

We simulate these data in the same way, but with `response="timetoevent"`

. Here censoring is uniform random between times 2 and 10, generating approximately 34% censoring:

```
set.seed(1)
x <- create.data(
nvars = c(15, 5),
cors = c(0, 0.8),
associations = c(0, 0.5),
firstonly = c(TRUE, TRUE),
nsamples = 50,
censoring = c(2, 10),
response = "timetoevent"
)
```

How many events are censored?

`sum(x$data$cens == 0) / nrow(x$data)`

`## [1] 0.42`

Kaplan-Meier plot of this simulated cohort:

```
library(survival)
surv.obj <- Surv(x$data$time, x$data$cens)
plot(survfit(surv.obj ~ 1), ylab = "Survival probability", xlab = "time")
```

`sessionInfo()`

```
## R Under development (unstable) (2021-04-15 r80175)
## Platform: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu (64-bit)
## Running under: Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS
##
## Matrix products: default
## BLAS/LAPACK: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/openblas-pthread/libopenblasp-r0.3.8.so
##
## locale:
## [1] LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 LC_NUMERIC=C
## [3] LC_TIME=en_US.UTF-8 LC_COLLATE=en_US.UTF-8
## [5] LC_MONETARY=en_US.UTF-8 LC_MESSAGES=C
## [7] LC_PAPER=en_US.UTF-8 LC_NAME=C
## [9] LC_ADDRESS=C LC_TELEPHONE=C
## [11] LC_MEASUREMENT=en_US.UTF-8 LC_IDENTIFICATION=C
##
## attached base packages:
## [1] stats graphics grDevices utils datasets methods base
##
## other attached packages:
## [1] survivalROC_1.0.3 penalized_0.9-51 survival_3.2-10 pensim_1.3.3
##
## loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
## [1] Rcpp_1.0.6 knitr_1.32 magrittr_2.0.1 splines_4.1.0
## [5] MASS_7.3-53.1 lattice_0.20-41 R6_2.5.0 rlang_0.4.11
## [9] highr_0.8 stringr_1.4.0 tools_4.1.0 parallel_4.1.0
## [13] grid_4.1.0 xfun_0.22 jquerylib_0.1.4 htmltools_0.5.1.1
## [17] yaml_2.2.1 digest_0.6.27 Matrix_1.3-3 sass_0.3.1
## [21] evaluate_0.14 rmarkdown_2.8 stringi_1.6.1 compiler_4.1.0
## [25] bslib_0.2.4 jsonlite_1.7.2
```

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Goeman, Jelle J. 2010. “L1 Penalized Estimation in the Cox Proportional Hazards Model.” *Biometrical Journal. Biometrische Zeitschrift* 52 (1): 70–84. https://doi.org/10.1002/bimj.200900028.

Waldron, Levi, Melania Pintilie, Ming-Sound Tsao, Frances A Shepherd, Curtis Huttenhower, and Igor Jurisica. 2011. “Optimized Application of Penalized Regression Methods to Diverse Genomic Data.” *Bioinformatics* 27 (24): 3399–3406. https://doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btr591.