Detecting change in biological rhythms: A multivariate permutation test approach to Fourier-transformed data

Jennifer Urbano Blackford, Ronald M. Salomon, Niels G. Waller

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Abstract

Treatment-related changes in neurobiological rhythms are of increasing interest to psychologists, psychiatrists, and biological rhythms researchers. New methods for analyzing change in rhythms are needed, as most common methods disregard the rich complexity of biological processes. Large time series data sets reflect the intricacies of underlying neurobiological processes, but can be difficult to analyze. We propose the use of Fourier methods with multivariate permutation test (MPT) methods for analyzing change in rhythms from time series data. To validate the use of MPT for Fourier-transformed data, we performed Monte Carlo simulations and compared statistical power and family-wise error for MPT to Bonferroni-corrected and uncorrected methods. Results show that MPT provides greater statistical power than Bonferroni-corrected tests, while appropriately controlling family-wise error. We applied this method to human, pre- and post-treatment, serially-sampled neurotransmitter data to confirm the utility of this method using real data. Together, Fourier with MPT methods provides a statistically powerful approach for detecting change in biological rhythms from time series data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-281
Number of pages24
JournalChronobiology international
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
JUB was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (K01 MH083052) and a National Institute of Child Health and Development program grant (P30 HD15052) to the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development. RMS was supported by the following grants: National Institute of Mental Health (K23 MH01828), the Stanley Foundation, NARSAD, Pfizer (unrestricted, investigator-initiated funds), and National Center for Research Resources (M01 RR0095) to the Vanderbilt General Clinical Research Center. The authors thank Trent Rosen-bloom and Richard Shelton for their comments on an earlier version of this manuscript.

Keywords

  • Biological rhythms
  • Fourier analysis
  • Multivariate permutation tests
  • Time series
  • Treatment effects

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