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→VT META ANALYSIS

Including variants that are not associated to phenotype can hurt power. Variable threshold test is designed to choose the optimal allele frequency threshold amongst rare variants in a gene, to gain power. The test statistic is defined as the maximum burden score statistic calculated using every possible frequency threshold

<math>T_{VT}=\max(T_{b\left(f_1\right)},T_{b\left(f_2\right)},\dots,T_{b\left(f_m\right)})</math>,

where the burden test statistic under any allele frequency threshold can be constructed from single variant meta-analysis statistics using

<math>T_{b\left(f_j\right)}=\boldsymbol{\phi}_{f_j}^\mathbf{T}\mathbf{U_{meta}}\bigg/\sqrt{\boldsymbol{\phi}_{f_j}^\mathbf{T}\mathbf{V_{meta}}\boldsymbol{\phi}_{f_j}} </math>,

where <math>j</math> represents any allele frequency in a group of rare variants, <math>\boldsymbol{\phi}_{f_j}</math> is a vector of 0 and 1, indicating if a variant is included in the analysis using frequency threshold <mat>f_i </math>