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An Illustrated Introduction to Optimal Treatment Rules

This post walks through the basic statistical intuition for Optimal Treatment Rules (OTRs) for applied scientists. Each concept is accompanied by a small visual to aid in comprehension. Optimal treatment rules (OTRs) is a fast-growing topic in the medical research community. A treatment rule is a decision for treatment based upon a patient’s characteristics. The intuition behind this is that not all patients will respond to a treatment in the same way.