`familal`

is an R package for testing familial hypotheses.
Briefly, familial hypotheses are statements of the form \[
\mathrm{H}_0:\mu(\lambda)=\mu_0\text{ for some
}\lambda\in\Lambda\quad\text{vs.}\quad\mathrm{H}_1:\mu(\lambda)\neq\mu_0\text{
for all }\lambda\in\Lambda,
\] where \(\{\mu(\lambda):\lambda\in\Lambda\}\) is a
family of centers. Presently, `familial`

supports tests of
the Huber family of centers. The mean and median are members of this
family.

To test familial hypotheses, `familial`

uses the Bayesian
bootstrap. The Bayesian bootstrap uses weights \(w_1^{(b)},\ldots,w_n^{(b)}\) (\(b=1,\ldots,B\)) from a uniform Dirichlet
distribution in the computation \[
\mu^{(b)}(\lambda):=\underset{\mu\in\mathbb{R}}{\operatorname{arg~min}}\sum_{i=1}^nw_i^{(b)}\ell_\lambda\left(\frac{x_i-\mu}{\sigma}\right),
\] where the Huber loss function \(\ell_\lambda\) is defined as \[
\ell_\lambda(z):=
\begin{cases}
\frac{1}{2}z^2, & \text{if } |z|<\lambda, \\
\lambda|z|-\frac{1}{2}\lambda^2, & \text{otherwise}.
\end{cases}
\]

The above minimization is solved for all values of \(\lambda\in\Lambda=(0,\infty)\) for \(b=1,\ldots,B\). The proportion of times that \(\{\mu^{(b)}(\lambda):\lambda\in\Lambda\}_{b=1}^B\) contains the null value \(\mu_0\) represents the estimated posterior probability of \(\mathrm{H}_0\) being true. To map this probability to a decision (accept, reject, or indeterminate), we assign a loss to making an incorrect decision. The decision that minimizes the expected loss under the posterior distribution is the optimal one.

Let’s demonstrate the functionality of `familial`

. To
perform a test of centers with the Huber family, use the
`center.test`

function with argument
`family='huber'`

(the default setting). We’ll test whether
the velocity of galaxies in the `galaxies`

dataset is
different to 21,000 km/sec.

```
library(familial)
set.seed(1)
x <- MASS::galaxies
test <- center.test(x, mu = 21000)
print(test)
#> -----------------------------------------------
#> familial test of centers with huber family
#> -----------------------------------------------
#> mu = 21000
#> posterior probabilities:
#> H0 H1
#> 0.542 0.458
#> optimal decision: indeterminate
```

The output above shows the estimated posterior probabilities for the events \(\mathrm{H}_0\) and \(\mathrm{H}_1\). The 54.2% probability assigned to \(\mathrm{H}_0\) means that the Huber family contained a center equal to 21,000 km/sec in 54.2% of bootstraps. Because neither of the above probabilities is much larger than the other, the test results in an indeterminate outcome. By default, the function will return an indeterminate result when both \(\mathrm{H}_0\) and \(\mathrm{H}_1\) have probability less than 0.95. This choice of threshold is analogous to using a frequentist significance level of 0.05.

It’s possible to visualize the posterior using a functional boxplot
via the `plot`

function.

Rather than specify a null value that is a point, we can specify a null that is an interval. Let’s now test whether the velocity is between 20,500 km/sec and 21,500 km/sec.

```
center.test(x, mu = c(20500, 21500))
#> -----------------------------------------------
#> familial test of centers with huber family
#> -----------------------------------------------
#> mu = 20500 21500
#> posterior probabilities:
#> H0 H1
#> 0.959 0.041
#> optimal decision: H0
```

The test now accepts \(\mathrm{H}_0\).

`familial`

also supports two-sample testing with paired or
independent samples. We’ll now test whether the weight of cabbages in
the `cabbages`

dataset is different between two different
cultivars. These samples are independent, so we set
`paired = FALSE`

.

```
x <- MASS::cabbages[MASS::cabbages$Cult == 'c39', 'HeadWt']
y <- MASS::cabbages[MASS::cabbages$Cult == 'c52', 'HeadWt']
test <- center.test(x, y, paired = FALSE)
print(test)
#> -----------------------------------------------
#> familial test of centers with huber family
#> -----------------------------------------------
#> mu = 0
#> posterior probabilities:
#> H0 H1
#> 0.008 0.992
#> optimal decision: H1
```

The test rejects \(\mathrm{H}_0\) that the weight of cabbages is the same.

We can also visualize the posterior differences between the family of each cultivar via a functional boxplot.

`familial`

also supports one-sided tests. Let’s test
whether family treatment (FT) improves the weight of anorexia patients
in the `anorexia`

dataset. These samples are paired.

```
x <- MASS::anorexia[MASS::anorexia$Treat == 'FT', 'Postwt']
y <- MASS::anorexia[MASS::anorexia$Treat == 'FT', 'Prewt']
center.test(x, y, alternative = 'greater', paired = TRUE)
#> -----------------------------------------------
#> familial test of centers with huber family
#> -----------------------------------------------
#> mu = 0
#> posterior probabilities:
#> H0 H1
#> 0.006 0.994
#> optimal decision: H1
```

We again reject \(\mathrm{H}_0\) that FT does not improve the weight of patients.