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Application of Dempster-Schafer Method in Family-Based Association Studies

Rajabli, Farid
Goktas, Unal
İnan, Gül
In experiments designed for family-based association studies, methods such as transmission disequilibrium test require large number of trios to identify single-nucleotide polymorphisms associated with the disease. However, unavailability of a large number of trios is the Achilles' heel of many complex diseases, especially for late-onset diseases. In this paper, we propose a novel approach to this problem by means of the Dempster-Shafer method. The simulation studies show that the Dempster-Shafer method has a promising overall performance, in identifying single-nucleotide polymorphisms in the correct association class, as it has 90 percent accuracy even with 60 trios