Personalized Policy Learning using Longitudinal Mobile Health Data

Seminar Series

Friday, October 16, 2020 - 12:00
Min Qian, PhD

Abstract: Personalized policy represents a paradigm shift from one decision rule for all users to an individualized decision rule for each user. Developing personalized policy in mobile health applications imposes challenges. First, for lack of adherence, data from each user are limited. Second, unmeasured contextual factors can potentially impact on decision making. Aiming to optimize immediate rewards, we propose using a generalized linear mixed modeling framework where population features and individual features are modeled as fixed and random effects, respectively, and synthesized to form the personalized policy. The group lasso type penalty is imposed to avoid overfitting of individual deviations from the population model. We examine the conditions under which the proposed method work in the presence of time-varying endogenous covariates, and provide conditional optimality andmarginal consistency results of the expected immediate outcome under the estimated policies.We apply our method to develop personalized push (“prompt”) schedules in 294 app users, with the goal to maximize the prompt response rate given past app usage and other contextual factors. The proposed method compares favorably to existing estimation methods including using the R function “glmer” in a simulation study. 

Speaker: Min Qian, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biostatistics
Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University