Assessing Personalization in Digital Health

Seminar Series

Friday, September 3, 2021 - 03:30
Zoom Conference
Susan Murphy, PhD

Abstract: Reinforcement Learning provides an attractive suite of online learning methods for personalizing interventions in a Digital Health.   However, after a reinforcement learning algorithm has been run in a clinical study, how do we assess whether personalization occurred?  We might find users for whom it appears that the algorithm has indeed learned in which contexts the user is more responsive to a particular intervention.  But could this have happened completely by chance?   We discuss some first approaches to addressing these questions.

Speaker: Susan Murphy, PhD
Professor of Statistics,
Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University and
Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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