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Investments in Community-Based Longitudinal Studies Continue to Bear Fruit

Investments in Community-Based Longitudinal Studies Continue to Bear Fruit Opinion EDITORIAL Investments in Community-Based Longitudinal Studies Continue to Bear Fruit Ruben C. Gur, PhD The Talmud (Ta’anit 23a) contains a fable (here paraphrased) that the Mollon et al report ended up with cell sizes as small about a sage who observes a man planting carob trees, which are as 13 people in important subgroups (eg, “individuals with presumed to bear fruit only after decades. Asked whether he psychotic disorder [who] showed a decline in IQ”). This loss imaginedlivinglongenoughto of statistical power is anticipated, and it underscores the need enjoy the fruit of these trees, to perform multiple studies like this one, which can yield ad- Related article page 270 the man responded, “I found equate power with convergent data. Fortunately, tools are in- fruit-bearing carob trees throughout my life; as my forefathers creasingly available for analyzing large-scale data using pow- planted those for me, so I too plant these for my children.” erful machine learning, and future samples can be combined 1 2 The study by Mollon et al in this issue of JAMA Psychiatry to provide grist for the mills of computational psychiatry. contains important discoveries that reap the benefits of a unique Another limitation of the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Psychiatry American Medical Association

Investments in Community-Based Longitudinal Studies Continue to Bear Fruit

JAMA Psychiatry , Volume 75 (3) – Mar 31, 2018

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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2018 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
2168-622X
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2168-6238
DOI
10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.4582
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Opinion EDITORIAL Investments in Community-Based Longitudinal Studies Continue to Bear Fruit Ruben C. Gur, PhD The Talmud (Ta’anit 23a) contains a fable (here paraphrased) that the Mollon et al report ended up with cell sizes as small about a sage who observes a man planting carob trees, which are as 13 people in important subgroups (eg, “individuals with presumed to bear fruit only after decades. Asked whether he psychotic disorder [who] showed a decline in IQ”). This loss imaginedlivinglongenoughto of statistical power is anticipated, and it underscores the need enjoy the fruit of these trees, to perform multiple studies like this one, which can yield ad- Related article page 270 the man responded, “I found equate power with convergent data. Fortunately, tools are in- fruit-bearing carob trees throughout my life; as my forefathers creasingly available for analyzing large-scale data using pow- planted those for me, so I too plant these for my children.” erful machine learning, and future samples can be combined 1 2 The study by Mollon et al in this issue of JAMA Psychiatry to provide grist for the mills of computational psychiatry. contains important discoveries that reap the benefits of a unique Another limitation of the

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JAMA PsychiatryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Mar 31, 2018

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