Introduction to CoRpower

2018-09-28

The CoRpower package performs power calculations for correlates of risk, as described in [Gilbert, Janes, and Huang (2016). Power/Sample Size Calculations for Assessing Correlates of Risk in Clinical Efficacy Trials] The power calculations accomodate three types of biomarkers:

as well as two types of sampling design:

The vignette aims to illustrate distinct features of the functions in the package (with some mathematical background) by walking through a number of power calculation scenarios for different biomarker types, sampling designs, and input parameters.

The functions included in this package are:

Set-up and notation | Without replacement sampling

Algorithm for trichotomous biomarker \(S\) | Without replacement sampling

  1. Specify overall \(VE\) between \(\tau\) and \(\tau_{\mathrm{max}}\)
    • Protocol-specified design alternative or \(\widehat{VE}\)
  2. Specify \(risk_0\)
    • Protocol-specified placebo-group endpoint rate or \(\widehat{risk}_0\)
  3. Select a grid of \(VE^{lat}_0\) values
    • E.g., ranging from \(VE\) (\(H_0\)) to 0 (maximal \(H_1\) not allowing harm by vaccination)
  4. Select a grid of \(VE^{lat}_1 \geq VE^{lat}_0\) values
    • E.g., \(VE^{lat}_1 = VE\)
  5. Specify \(P^{lat}_0\) and \(P^{lat}_2\), then \(P^{lat}_1 = 1-P^{lat}_0-P^{lat}_2\)
    • Assuming \(risk^{lat}_0(x) = risk_0\), \[VE = VE^{lat}_0 P^{lat}_0 + VE^{lat}_1 P^{lat}_1 + VE^{lat}_2 P^{lat}_2\] yields \(VE^{lat}_2\)
    • If \(VE^{lat}_0\) varies from \(VE\) to 0, then \(VE^{lat}_2\) varies from VE to \(VE\, (P^{lat}_0 + P^{lat}_2)/P^{lat}_2\)
  6. Specify \(P_0\) and \(P_2\), then \(P_1 = 1-P_0-P_2\)
    • E.g., \(P_0 = P^{lat}_0\) and \(P_2 = P^{lat}_2\)
  7. Approach 1: Specify two of the three \((Sens, FP^0, FP^1)\) and two of the three \((Spec, FN^2, FN^1)\)
    • E.g., specify \(Sens\) and \(Spec\) and \(FP^0 = FN^2 = 0\)
    Approach 2: Specify \(\sigma^2_{obs}\) and \(\rho = \sigma^2_{tr} / \sigma^2_{obs}\) and determine \((Sens, Spec, FP^0, FP^1, FN^1, FN^2)\) (see below)
    • Typically, \(\sigma^2_{obs} = 1\)
    • Calculation of \((Sens, Spec, FP^0, FP^1, FN^1, FN^2)\)
      1. Assuming the classical measurement error model, where \(X^{\ast} \sim \mathsf{N}(0,\rho\sigma^2_{obs})\), solve \[P^{lat}_0 = P(X^{\ast} \leq \theta_0) \quad \textrm{and} \quad P^{lat}_2 = P(X^{\ast} > \theta_2)\] for \(\theta_0\) and \(\theta_2\)
      2. Generate \(B\) realizations of \(X^{\ast}\) and \(S^{\ast} = X^{\ast} + e\), where \(e \sim \mathsf{N}(0,(1-\rho)\sigma^2_{obs})\), and \(X^{\ast}\) independent of \(e\) + \(B = 20,000\) by default
      3. Using \(\theta_0\) and \(\theta_2\) from Step i., define \[ \begin{align} Spec(\phi_0) &= P(S^{\ast} \leq \phi_0 \mid X^{\ast} \leq \theta_0)\\ FN^1(\phi_0) &= P(S^{\ast} \leq \phi_0 \mid X^{\ast} \in (\theta_0,\theta_2])\\ FN^2(\phi_0) &= P(S^{\ast} \leq \phi_0 \mid X^{\ast} > \theta_2)\\ Sens(\phi_2) &= P(S^{\ast} > \phi_2 \mid X^{\ast} > \theta_2)\\ FP^1(\phi_2) &= P(S^{\ast} > \phi_2 \mid X^{\ast} \in (\theta_0,\theta_2])\\ FP^0(\phi_2) &= P(S^{\ast} > \phi_2 \mid X^{\ast} \leq \theta_0) \end{align} \]

        Estimate \(Spec(\phi_0)\) by \[\widehat{Spec}(\phi_0) = \frac{\#\{S^{\ast}_b \leq \phi_0, X^{\ast}_b \leq \theta_0\}}{\#\{X^{\ast}_b \leq \theta_0\}}\,\] etc.
      4. Find \(\phi_0 = \phi^{\ast}_0\) and \(\phi_2 = \phi^{\ast}_2\) that numerically solve \[ \begin{align} P_0 &= \widehat{Spec}(\phi_0)P^{lat}_0 + \widehat{FN}^1(\phi_0)P^{lat}_1 + \widehat{FN}^2(\phi_0)P^{lat}_2\\ P_2 &= \widehat{Sens}(\phi_2)P^{lat}_2 + \widehat{FP}^1(\phi_2)P^{lat}_1 + \widehat{FP}^0(\phi_2)P^{lat}_0 \end{align} \] and compute \[ Spec = \widehat{Spec}(\phi^{\ast}_0),\; Sens = \widehat{Sens}(\phi^{\ast}_2),\; \textrm{etc.} \]
    • In Approach 2, plot \[ RR_t \quad \textrm{vs.} \quad \frac{RR^{lat}_2}{RR^{lat}_0}, \] where \[ RR_t := \frac{risk_1(2)}{risk_1(0)} = \frac{\sum_{x=0}^2 RR^{lat}_x P(X=x|S=2)}{\sum_{x=0}^2 RR^{lat}_x P(X=x|S=0)} \]
    • For \(\rho < 1\), \(RR_t\) closer to 1 than \(RR^{lat}_2\big/ RR^{lat}_0\)

  8. Simulate \(M\) data sets under the true parameter values:
      Full data
    1. \(N_x = (n_{controls} + n_{cases}) P^{lat}_x\)
    2. \(\left(n_{cases}(0),n_{cases}(1),n_{cases}(2)\right) \sim \mathsf{Mult}(n_{cases},(p_0,p_1,p_2))\), where \(p_k=P(X=k|Y=1,Y^{\tau}=0,Z=1)\)
    3. For each of the \(N_x\) subjects, generate \(S_i\) by a draw from \(\mathsf{Mult}(1,(p_0,p_1,p_2))\), where \(p_k=P(S=k|X=x)\)
    4. Observed data
    5. Sample without replacement \(n^S_{cases}\) and \(n^S_{controls} = K n^S_{cases}\) controls with measured \(S\) \((R=1)\), i.e., the control:case ratio is not fixed within subgroup \(X=x\)
  9. For each observed data set, compute the 1-sided one-degree-of-freedom Wald test statistic for \(H_0 \Leftrightarrow \{\widetilde{H}_0: \beta_S \geq 0\}\) from IPW logistic regression model that accounts for biomarker sampling design (function tps in R package osDesign)
    • Alternatively, use the generalized two-degree-of-freedom Wald test
  10. Compute power as proportion of data sets with 1-sided Wald test \(p \leq \alpha/2\) for specified \(\alpha\)
  11. Repeat power calculation varying control:case ratio, \(n_{cases}\), \(n^S_{cases}\), \((P^{lat}_0, P^{lat}_2, P_0, P_2)\), \((Sens, Spec)\), \(\rho\)

Illustration: hypothetical randomized placebo-controlled VE trial

Trial design

Illustration: calculation of input parameters with computeN()

Assumptions



  1. Failure time \(T\) and censoring time \(C\) are independent
  2. \(T\mid Z=0 \sim \mathsf{Exp}(\lambda_T)\) and \(C\mid Z=0 \sim \mathsf{Exp}(\lambda_C)\)
  3. \(RR_{\tau-\tau_{\mathrm{max}}} := \frac{P(T \leq \tau_{\mathrm{max}} \mid T>\tau, Z=1)}{P(T \leq \tau_{\mathrm{max}} \mid T>\tau, Z=0)} = \frac{P(T \leq t\mid T>\tau, Z=1)}{P(T \leq t\mid T>\tau, Z=0)}\) for all \(t \in (\tau,\tau_{\mathrm{max}}]\)

Number of vaccine recipients observed to be at risk at \(\tau\)

\[ \begin{align} N &= N_{rand}\, P(T>\tau, C>\tau \mid Z=1)\\ &= N_{rand}\, P(T>\tau \mid Z=1)\, P(C>\tau \mid Z=1)\\ &= N_{rand}\, \{1 - RR_{0-\tau}\, P(T \leq \tau \mid Z=0)\}\, P(C>\tau \mid Z=1)\\ &\approx 4,023 \end{align} \]

Number of observed cases between \(\tau\) and \(\tau_{\mathrm{max}}\)

\[ \begin{align} n_{cases} &= N\, P(T\leq \tau_{\mathrm{max}}, T\leq C \mid T>\tau, C>\tau, Z=1)\\ &= N\, P(T\leq \min(C,\tau_{\mathrm{max}}) \mid T>\tau, C>\tau, Z=1)\\ &= N\, \frac{\int_{\tau}^{\infty}P(\tau < T \leq \min(c,\tau_{\mathrm{max}})\mid Z=1)f_C(c)\mathop{\mathrm{d}}\!c}{P(T>\tau, C>\tau \mid Z=1)}\\ &= N\, \frac{\bigg\{\int_{\tau}^{\tau_{\mathrm{max}}}P(\tau < T \leq c\mid Z=1)f_C(c)\mathop{\mathrm{d}}\!c + P(\tau < T \leq \tau_{\mathrm{max}}\mid Z=1) P(C>\tau_{\mathrm{max}})\bigg\}}{P(T>\tau, C>\tau \mid Z=1)}\\ &\approx 32 \end{align} \]

Number of observed controls between \(\tau\) and \(\tau_{\mathrm{max}}\)

\[ \begin{align} n_{controls} &= N \, P(T > \tau_{\mathrm{max}}, C > \tau_{\mathrm{max}} \mid T>\tau, C>\tau, Z=1)\\ &\approx 3,654 \end{align} \]

Number of observed cases (controls) between \(\tau\) and \(\tau_{\mathrm{max}}\) with measured \(S\)

\[ \begin{align} n^S_{cases} &= n_{cases}\\ n^S_{controls} &= K n^S_{cases} \end{align} \]

Compute \(N, n_{cases}, n_{controls},\) and \(n^S_{cases}\) with computeN()

library(CoRpower)
computeN(Nrand = 4100,          # participants randomized to vaccine arm
         tau = 3.5,             # biomarker sampling timepoint
         taumax = 24,           # end of follow-up
         VEtauToTaumax = 0.75,  # VE between 'tau' and 'taumax'
         VE0toTau = 0.75/2,     # VE between 0 and 'tau'
         risk0 = 0.034,         # placebo-group endpoint risk between 'tau' and 'taumax'
         dropoutRisk = 0.1,     # dropout risk between 0 and 'taumax'
         propCasesWithS = 1)    # proportion of observed cases with measured S
## $N
## [1] 4023
## 
## $nCases
## [1] 32
## 
## $nControls
## [1] 3654
## 
## $nCasesWithS
## [1] 32

Illustration: CoRpower for trichotomous \(\, S\) | Without replacement sampling

Approach 1 \((Sens, Spec, FP^0, FN^2\) specified\()\)

Approach 2 \((\sigma^2_{obs}\) and \(\rho\) specified\()\)

Scenario 1: vary control:case ratio (Approach 1) | Trichotomous \(S\), without replacement sampling

Run simulations and compute power with computePower()

pwr <- computePower(nCases = 32,                 
                    nControls = 3654,            
                    nCasesWithS = 32,           
                    controlCaseRatio = 5,         # scalar, i.e., separate calls for 5, 3, 1
                    VEoverall = 0.75,             # overall VE
                    risk0 = 0.034,                # placebo-group endpoint risk from tau - taumax
                    VElat0 = seq(0, VEoverall, len=100), # grid of VE (V/P) among lower protected
                    VElat1 = rep(VEoverall, 100), # grid of VE (V/P) among medium protected
                    Plat0 = 0.2,                  # prevalence of lower protected
                    Plat2 = 0.6,                  # prevalence of higher protected
                    P0 = 0.2,                     # probability of low biomarker response
                    P2 = 0.6,                     # probability of high biomarker response
                    sens = 0.8, spec = 0.8, FP0 = 0, FN2 = 0,
                    M = 1000,                     # number of simulated clinical trials
                    alpha = 0.05,                 # two-sided Wald test Type 1 error rate
                    biomType = "trichotomous")    # "continuous" by default

Plot power curves with plotPowerTri()

Basic plotting functions are included in the package to aid with visualizing results. plotPowerTri plots the power curve against the CoR relative risk, \(RR_t\), for trichotomous or binary biomarkers.

Output from computePower() can be saved as an object and assigned to the outComputePower input parameter. In this scenario, since computePower() was run multiple times to vary the controls:cases ratio, these multiple output objects can be read into the function as a list.

plotPowerTri(outComputePower = list(pwr5to1, pwr3to1, pwr1to1),  # 'computePower' output lists
             legendText = paste0("Control:Case = ", c("5:1", "3:1", "1:1")))

Alternatively, output from computePower() can be saved in an RData file. In this case, the outComputePower input parameter should be the name(s) of the output file(s), and the outDir input parameter should be the name(s) of the file location(s). For more information, visit the plotPowerTri() help page.

computePower(..., saveDir = "myDir", saveFile = "myFile.RData")
plotPowerTri(outComputePower = c("myFile1", "myFile2", "myFile3"), # 'computePower' output files
             outDir = rep("~/myDir", 3),                           # path to each myFilex.RData
             legendText = paste0("Control:Case = ", c("5:1", "3:1", "1:1")))

Scenario 2: vary \(\, Sens\) and \(\, Spec\) (Approach 1) | Trichotomous \(\, S\), without replacement sampling

pwr <- computePower(nCases = 32,                 
                    nControls = 3654,            
                    nCasesWithS = 32,           
                    controlCaseRatio = 5,         # n^S_controls : n^S_cases ratio
                    VEoverall = 0.75,             # overall VE
                    risk0 = 0.034,                # placebo-group endpoint risk from tau - taumax
                    VElat0 = seq(0, VEoverall, len=100), # grid of VE (V/P) among lower protected
                    VElat1 = rep(VEoverall, 100), # grid of VE (V/P) among medium protected
                    Plat0 = 0.2,                  # prevalence of lower protected
                    Plat2 = 0.6,                  # prevalence of higher protected
                    P0 = 0.2,                     # probability of low biomarker response
                    P2 = 0.6,                     # probability of high biomarker response
                    sens = c(1, 0.9, 0.8, 0.7), spec = c(1, 0.9, 0.8, 0.7), 
                    FP0 = 0, FN2 = 0,
                    M = 1000,                     # number of simulated clinical trials
                    alpha = 0.05,                 # two-sided Wald test Type 1 error rate
                    biomType = "trichotomous")    # "continuous" by default
plotPowerTri(outComputePower = pwr,    
             legendText = paste0("Sens = Spec = ", c(1, 0.9, 0.8, 0.7)))

Scenario 3: vary \(\, P^{lat}_0, P^{lat}_2, P_0, P_2\) (Approach 1) | Trichotomous \(\, S\), without replacement sampling

pwr <- computePower(nCases = 32,                 
                    nControls = 3654,            
                    nCasesWithS = 32,           
                    controlCaseRatio = 5,         # n^S_controls : n^S_cases ratio
                    VEoverall = 0.75,             # overall VE
                    risk0 = 0.034,                # placebo-group endpoint risk from tau - taumax
                    VElat0 = seq(0, VEoverall, len=100), # grid of VE (V/P) among lower protected
                    VElat1 = rep(VEoverall, 100), # grid of VE (V/P) among medium protected
                    Plat0 = 0.05,               # scalar; separate calls for 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2
                    Plat2 = 0.15,               # scalar; separate calls for 0.15, 0.3, 0.45, 0.6
                    P0 = 0.05,                  # scalar; separate calls for 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2
                    P2 = 0.15,                  # scalar; separate calls for 0.15, 0.3, 0.45, 0.6
                    sens = 0.8, spec = 0.8, FP0 = 0, FN2 = 0,
                    M = 1000,                     # number of simulated clinical trials
                    alpha = 0.05,                 # two-sided Wald test Type 1 error rate
                    biomType = "trichotomous")    # "continuous" by default
plotPowerTri(outComputePower = list(pwr1, pwr2, pwr3, pwr4), 
             legendText = c("Plat0=0.05, Plat2=0.15", 
                            "Plat0=0.1, Plat2=0.3", 
                            "Plat0=0.15, Plat2=0.45", 
                            "Plat0=0.2, Plat2=0.6"))

Scenario 4: vary \(\, \rho \) (Approach 2) | Trichotomous \(\, S\), without replacement sampling

Run simulations and compute power with computePower()

pwr <- computePower(nCases = 32,                 
                    nControls = 3654,            
                    nCasesWithS = 32,           
                    controlCaseRatio = 5,         # n^S_controls : n^S_cases ratio
                    VEoverall = 0.75,             # overall VE
                    risk0 = 0.034,                # placebo-group endpoint risk from tau - taumax 
                    VElat0 = seq(0, VEoverall, len=100), # grid of VE (V/P) among lower protected
                    VElat1 = rep(VEoverall, 100), # grid of VE (V/P) among medium protected
                    Plat0 = 0.2,                  # prevalence of lower protected
                    Plat2 = 0.6,                  # prevalence of higher protected
                    P0 = 0.2,                     # probability of low biomarker response
                    P2 = 0.6,                     # probability of high biomarker response
                    sigma2obs = 1,                # variance of observed biomarker S
                    rho = c(1, 0.9, 0.7, 0.5),    # protection-relevant fraction of variance of S
                    M = 1000,                     # number of simulated clinical trials
                    alpha = 0.05,                 # two-sided Wald test Type 1 error rate
                    biomType = "trichotomous")    # "continuous" by default

Plot power curves with plotPowerTri()

plotPowerTri(outComputePower = pwr,   
             legendText = paste0("rho = ", c(1, 0.9, 0.7, 0.5)))

Plot \(RR_t\) vs. \(RR_2^{lat}/RR_0^{lat}\) with plotRRgradVE()

plotRRgradVE() plots the ratio of relative risks for the higher and lower latent subgroups \(RR_2^{lat}/RR_0^{lat}\) against the CoR relative risk effect size \(RR_t = risk_1(2)/risk_1(0)\).

Output from computePower() can be saved as an object and assigned to the outComputePower input parameter.

plotRRgradVE(outComputePower = pwr,  # 'computePower' output list
             legendText = paste0("rho = ", c(1, 0.9, 0.7, 0.5)))

Alternatively, output from computePower() can be saved in an RData file. In this case, the outComputePower input parameter should be the name(s) of the output file(s), and the outDir input parameter should be the name(s) of the file location(s). For more information, visit the plotRRgradVE() help page.

computePower(..., saveDir = "myDir", saveFile = "myFile.RData")
plotRRgradVE(outComputePower = "myFile",    # file with 'computePower' output
             outDir = "~/myDir",            # path to myFile.RData
             legendText = paste0("rho = ", c(1, 0.9, 0.7, 0.5)))

Plot ROC curves with plotROCcurveTri()

plotROCcurveTri() plots the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve displaying sensitivity and specificity for a range of values for P2, P0, Plat2, and rho. For more information, visit the plotROCcurveTri() help page.

plotROCcurveTri(Plat0 = 0.2, 
                Plat2 = c(0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5), 
                P0 = seq(0.90, 0.10, len=25), 
                P2 = seq(0.10, 0.90, len=25), 
                rho = c(`, 0.9, 0.7, 0.5))

Scenario 5: vary \(\, P^{lat}_0, P_0, P^{lat}_2, P_2 \) (Approach 2) | Trichotomous \(\, S\), without replacement sampling

pwr <- computePower(nCases = 32,                 
                    nControls = 3654,            
                    nCasesWithS = 32,           
                    controlCaseRatio = 5,         # n^S_controls : n^S_cases ratio
                    VEoverall = 0.75,             # overall VE
                    risk0 = 0.034,                # placebo-group endpoint risk from tau - taumax 
                    VElat0 = seq(0, VEoverall, len=100), # grid of VE (V/P) among lower protected
                    VElat1 = rep(VEoverall, 100), # grid of VE (V/P) among medium protected
                    Plat0 = 0.05,               # scalar; separate calls for 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2
                    Plat2 = 0.15,               # scalar; separate calls for 0.15, 0.3, 0.45, 0.6
                    P0 = 0.05,                  # scalar; separate calls for 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2
                    P2 = 0.15,                  # scalar; separate calls for 0.15, 0.3, 0.45, 0.6
                    sigma2obs = 1,                # variance of observed biomarker S
                    rho = 0.9,                    # protection-relevant fraction of variance of S
                    M = 1000,                     # number of simulated clinical trials
                    alpha = 0.05,                 # two-sided Wald test Type 1 error rate
                    biomType = "trichotomous")    # "continuous" by default
plotPowerTri(outComputePower = list(pwr1, pwr2, pwr3, pwr4),  
             legendText = c("Plat0=0.05, Plat2=0.15", 
                            "Plat0=0.1, Plat2=0.3", 
                            "Plat0=0.15, Plat2=0.45", 
                            "Plat0=0.2, Plat2=0.6"))

Scenario 6: vary \(\, n_{cases}\) (Approach 2) | Trichotomous \(\, S\), without replacement sampling

pwr <- computePower(nCases = c(25, 32, 35, 40),             
                    nControls = c(3661, 3654, 3651, 3646),  
                    nCasesWithS = c(25, 32, 35, 40),       
                    controlCaseRatio = 5,         # n^S_controls : n^S_cases ratio
                    VEoverall = 0.75,             # overall VE
                    risk0 = 0.034,                # placebo-group endpoint risk fom tau - taumax
                    VElat0 = seq(0, VEoverall, len=100), # grid of VE (V/P) among lower protected
                    VElat1 = rep(VEoverall, 100), # grid of VE (V/P) among medium protected
                    Plat0 = 0.2,                  # prevalence of lower protected
                    Plat2 = 0.6,                  # prevalence of higher protected
                    P0 = 0.2,                     # probability of low biomarker response
                    P2 = 0.6,                     # probability of high biomarker response
                    sigma2obs = 1,                # variance of observed biomarker S
                    rho = 0.9,                    # protection-relevant fraction of variance of S
                    M = 1000,                     # number of simulated clinical trials
                    alpha = 0.05,                 # two-sided Wald test Type 1 error rate
                    biomType = "trichotomous")    # "continuous" by default
plotPowerTri(outComputePower = pwr,   
             legendText = paste0("nCases = ", c(25, 32, 35, 40)))

Illustration: CoRpower for binary \(\, S\) | Without replacement sampling

Achieved by selecting \(P_0^{lat}\), \(P_2^{lat}\), \(P_0\), \(P_2\) such that \[ \begin{align} P_0^{lat} + P_2^{lat} &= 1\\ P_0 + P_2 &= 1 \end{align} \]

Approach 2 \((\sigma^2_{obs}\) and \(\rho\) specified\()\)

Scenario 7: vary \(\, n_{cases}\) (Approach 2) | Binary \(\, S\), without replacement sampling

Run simulations and compute power with computePower()

pwr <- computePower(nCases = c(25, 32, 35, 40),             
                    nControls = c(3661, 3654, 3651, 3646),  
                    nCasesWithS = c(25, 32, 35, 40),       
                    controlCaseRatio = 5,         # n^S_controls : n^S_cases ratio
                    VEoverall = 0.75,             # overall VE
                    risk0 = 0.034,                # placebo-group endpoint risk from tau - taumax
                    VElat0 = seq(0, VEoverall, len=100), # grid of VE (V/P) among lower protected
                    VElat1 = rep(VEoverall, 100), # grid of VE (V/P) among medium protected
                    Plat0 = 0.2,                  # prevalence of lower protected
                    Plat2 = 0.8,                  # prevalence of higher protected
                    P0 = 0.2,                     # probability of low biomarker response
                    P2 = 0.8,                     # probability of high biomarker response
                    sigma2obs = 1,                # variance of observed biomarker S
                    rho = 0.9,                    # protection-relevant fraction of variance of S
                    M = 1000,                     # number of simulated clinical trials
                    alpha = 0.05,                 # two-sided Wald test Type 1 error rate
                    biomType = "binary")          # "continuous" by default

Plot power curves with plotPowerTri()

plotPowerTri(outComputePower = pwr,   
             legendText = paste0("nCases = ", c(25, 32, 35, 40)))

Algorithm for continuous biomarker \(\, S^{\ast}\) | Without replacement sampling

  1. Specify overall \(VE\) between \(\tau\) and \(\tau_{\mathrm{max}}\)
    • Protocol-specified design alternative or \(\widehat{VE}\)
  2. Specify \(risk_0\)
    • Protocol-specified placebo-group endpoint rate or \(\widehat{risk}_0\)
  3. Specify \(P^{lat}_{lowestVE}\), \(\rho\), and a grid of \(VE_{lowest}\) values (e.g., ranging from \(VE\) to 0)
    • Fixed \((VE, risk_0, P^{lat}_{lowestVE}, VE_{lowest}, \rho)\) and \[ \begin{align} risk^{lat}_1(x^{\ast}) &= (1 - VE_{lowest}) risk_0,\quad x^{\ast} \leq \nu\\ \mathop{\mathrm{logit}}\{risk^{lat}_1(x^{\ast})\} &= \alpha^{lat}+\beta^{lat}x^{\ast},\quad x^{\ast} \geq \nu\\ VE &= 1 - \frac{\int risk^{lat}_1(x^{\ast})\phi(x^{\ast}/\sqrt{\rho} \sigma_{obs})\mathop{\mathrm{d}}\!x^{\ast}}{risk_0} \end{align} \] yield \(\alpha^{lat}\) and \(\beta^{lat}\)
    • Plot \(VE^{lat}_{x^{\ast}}\) vs. \(x^{\ast}\) and calculate the pertaining CoR effect size \(\exp(\beta^{lat})\) for each level of \(VE_{lowest}\)
  4. Simulate \(M\) data sets under the true parameter values:
      Full data
    1. Sample \(X^{\ast}\) for \(n_{cases}\) cases from \(f_{X^{\ast}}(x^{\ast}|Y=1,Y^{\tau}=0,Z=1)\) using Bayes rule
    2. Sample \(X^{\ast}\) for \(n_{controls}\) controls from \(f_{X^{\ast}}(x^{\ast}|Y=0,Y^{\tau}=0,Z=1)\) using Bayes rule
      - How? Use a fine grid of \(\widetilde{x}^{\ast}\) values and then
      \(\;\;\)sample(\(\widetilde{x}^{\ast}\), prob=\(f_{X^{\ast}}(\widetilde{x}^{\ast}|Y=\cdot,Y^{\tau}=0,Z=1)\), replace=TRUE)
    3. Sample \(S^{\ast}\) following \(S^{\ast} = X^{\ast} + e\)
    4. Observed data
    5. Sample without replacement \(n^S_{cases}\) and \(n^S_{controls} = K n^S_{cases}\) controls with measured \(S^{\ast}\) \((R=1)\)
  5. For each observed data set, compute the 1-sided one-degree-of-freedom Wald test statistic for \(H_0 \Leftrightarrow \{\widetilde{H}_0: \beta_{S^{\ast}} \geq 0\}\) from IPW logistic regression model that accounts for biomarker sampling design (function tps in R package osDesign)
  6. Compute power as proportion of data sets with 1-sided Wald test \(p \leq \alpha/2\) for specified \(\alpha\)
  7. Repeat power calculation varying control:case ratio, \(n_{cases}\), \(n^S_{cases}\), \(P^{lat}_{lowestVE}\), \(\rho\)

Illustration: CoRpower for continuous \(\, S^{\ast}\) | Without replacement sampling

Scenario 8: vary \(\, \rho \) | Continuous \(\, S^{\ast}\), without replacement sampling

Run simulations and compute power with computePower()

pwr <- computePower(nCases = 32,             
                    nControls = 3654,         
                    nCasesWithS = 32,         
                    controlCaseRatio = 5,        # n^S_controls : n^S_cases ratio
                    VEoverall = 0.75,            # overall VE
                    risk0 = 0.034,               # placebo-group endpoint risk from tau - taumax
                    PlatVElowest = 0.2,          # prevalence of VE_lowest
                    VElowest = seq(0, VEoverall, len=100), # lowest VE for true biomarker X*<=nu
                    sigma2obs = 1,               # variance of observed biomarker S
                    rho = c(1, 0.9, 0.7, 0.5)    # protection-relevant fraction of variance of S
                    M = 1000,                    # number of simulated clinical trials
                    alpha = 0.05,                # two-sided Wald test Type 1 error rate
                    biomType = "continuous")     # "continuous" by default

Plot power curves with plotPowerCont()

plotPowerCont() plots the power curve against the CoR relative risk, \(RR_c\), for continuous biomarkers.

Output from computePower() can be saved as an object and assigned to the outComputePower input parameter. In this scenario, since computePower() was run multiple times to vary the controls:cases ratio, these multiple output objects can be read into the function as a list.

plotPowerCont(outComputePower = pwr,          # output list from 'computePower'
              legendText = paste0("rho = ", c(1, 0.9, 0.7, 0.5)))

Alternatively, output from computePower() can be saved in an RData file. In this case, the outComputePower input parameter should be the name(s) of the output file(s), and the outDir input parameter should be the name(s) of the file location(s). For more information, visit the plotPowerCont() help page.

computePower(..., saveDir = "myDir", saveFile = "myFile.RData")
plotPowerCont(outComputePower = "myFile",     # file with 'computePower' output
              outDir = "~/myDir",             # path to myFile.RData
              legendText = paste0("rho = ", c(1, 0.9, 0.7, 0.5)))

Plot \(VE^{lat}_{x^{\ast}}\) curves with plotVElatCont()

plotVElatCont() plots the vaccine efficacy (VE) curve for the true biomarker X=x for eight different values of the true CoR relative risk, , in vaccine recipients and the lowest vaccine efficacy level for the true biomarker, .

outComputePower contains output from a single run of computePower(). This output can be in the form of an assigned object, which is a list, or a character string specifying the file containing the output. Unlike plotPowerTri() and plotPowerCont(), which can take in output from multiple runs of computePower() in the form of a list of lists or a character vector, this function can only take a single list or character string. For more information, visit the plotVElatCont() help page.

Using the function when computePower() output is saved as list object pwr:

plotVElatCont(outComputePower = pwr)  

Using the function when computePower() output is saved in a file with name “myFile” and location “~/myDir”:

computePower(..., saveDir = "myDir", saveFile = "myFile.RData")
plotVElatCont(outComputePower = "myFile",   
              outDir = "~/myDir")          

Scenario 9: vary \(\, P_{lowestVE}^{lat} \) | Continuous \(\, S^{\ast}\), without replacement sampling

Run simulations and compute power with computePower()

pwr <- computePower(nCases = 32,               
                    nControls = 3654,         
                    nCasesWithS = 32,         
                    controlCaseRatio = 5,        # n^S_controls : n^S_cases ratio
                    VEoverall = 0.75,            # overall VE
                    risk0 = 0.034,               # placebo-group endpoint risk from tau - taumax
                    PlatVElowest = 0.05,         # scalar; separate calls for 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2
                    VElowest = seq(0, VEoverall, len=100), # lowest VE for true biomarker X*<=nu
                    sigma2obs = 1,               # variance of observed biomarker S
                    rho = 0.9                    # protection-relevant fraction of variance of S
                    M = 1000,                    # number of simulated clinical trials
                    alpha = 0.05,                # two-sided Wald test Type 1 error rate
                    biomType = "continuous")     # "continuous" by default

Plot power curves with plotPowerCont()

plotPowerCont(outComputePower = list(pwr1, pwr2, pwr3, pwr4),          # output list from 'computePower'
              legendText = paste0("PlatVElowest = ", c(0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2)))

Bernoulli / case-cohort sampling of \(\, S\) (or \(\, S^{\ast}\))

Illustration: CoRpower for trichotomous \(\, S\) and continuous \(\, S^{\ast}\) | Bernoulli sampling

Trichotomous \(S\) (Approach 1)

Continuous \(S^{\ast}\)

Scenario 10: vary \(\, p \) (Approach 1) | Trichotomous \(\, S \), Bernoulli sampling

Run simulations and compute power with computePower()

pwr <- computePower(nCases = 32,             
                    nControls = 3654,       
                    nCasesWithS = 32,       
                    cohort = TRUE,                # FALSE by default
                    p = 0.01,                 # scalar; separate calls for 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.05
                    VEoverall = 0.75,             # overall VE
                    risk0 = 0.034,                # placebo-group endpoint risk from tau - taumax
                    VElat0 = seq(0, VEoverall, len=100), # grid of VE (V/P) among lower protected
                    VElat1 = rep(VEoverall, 100), # grid of VE (V/P) among medium protected
                    Plat0 = 0.2,                  # prevalence of lower protected
                    Plat2 = 0.6,                  # prevalence of higher protected
                    P0 = 0.2,                     # probability of low biomarker response
                    P2 = 0.6,                     # probability of high biomarker response
                    sens = 0.8, spec = 0.8, FP0 = 0, FN2 = 0,
                    M = 1000,                     # number of simulated clinical trials
                    alpha = 0.05,                 # two-sided Wald test Type 1 error rate
                    biomType = "trichotomous")    # "continuous" by default

Plot power curves with plotPowerTri()

plotPowerTri(outComputePower = list(pwr1, pwr2, pwr3, pwr4),  # 'computePower' outputs
             legendText = paste0("Cohort p = ", c(0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.05)))

Scenario 11: vary \(\, p \) | Continuous \(\, S^{\ast}\), Bernoulli sampling

Run simulations and compute power with computePower()

pwr <- computePower(nCases = 32,             
                    nControls = 3654,        
                    nCasesWithS = 32,       
                    cohort = TRUE,               # FALSE by default
                    p = 0.01,                    # scalar; separate calls for 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.05
                    VEoverall = 0.75,            # overall VE
                    risk0 = 0.034,               # placebo-group endpoint risk from tau - taumax
                    PlatVElowest = 0.2,          # prevalence of VE_lowest
                    VElowest = seq(0, VEoverall, len=100), # lowest VE for true biomarker X*<=nu
                    sigma2obs = 1,               # variance of observed biomarker S
                    rho = 0.9                    # protection-relevant fraction of variance of S
                    M = 1000,                    # number of simulated clinical trials
                    alpha = 0.05,                # two-sided Wald test Type 1 error rate
                    biomType = "continuous")     # "continuous" by default

Plot power curves with plotPowerCont()

plotPowerCont(outComputePower = list(pwr1, pwr2, pwr3, pwr4),  # 'computePower' outputs
              legendText = paste0("Cohort p = ", c(0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.05)))