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We consider an extension of linear mixed models by assuming a multivariate skew t distribution for the random effects and a multivariate t distribution for the error terms. The proposed model provides flexibility in capturing the effects of skewness and heavy tails simultaneously among continuous longitudinal data. We present an efficient alternating expectation-conditional maximization (AECM) algorithm for the computation of maximum likelihood estimates of parameters on the basis of two convenient hierarchical formulations. The techniques for the prediction of random effects and intermittent missing values under this model are also investigated. Our methodologies are illustrated through an application to schizophrenia data.
Department of Applied Mathematics, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 402, Taiwan.
This article was published in the following journal.
Name: Biometrical journal. Biometrische Zeitschrift
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Statistical models in which the value of a parameter for a given value of a factor is assumed to be equal to a + bx, where a and b are constants. The models predict a linear regression.
Statistical models of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services, as well as of financial considerations. For the application of statistics to the testing and quantifying of economic theories MODELS, ECONOMETRIC is available.
Procedures for finding the mathematical function which best describes the relationship between a dependent variable and one or more independent variables. In linear regression (see LINEAR MODELS) the relationship is constrained to be a straight line and LEAST-SQUARES ANALYSIS is used to determine the best fit. In logistic regression (see LOGISTIC MODELS) the dependent variable is qualitative rather than continuously variable and LIKELIHOOD FUNCTIONS are used to find the best relationship. In multiple regression, the dependent variable is considered to depend on more than a single independent variable.
Statistical formulations or analyses which, when applied to data and found to fit the data, are then used to verify the assumptions and parameters used in the analysis. Examples of statistical models are the linear model, binomial model, polynomial model, two-parameter model, etc.
Theoretical representations that simulate the behavior or activity of biological processes or diseases. For disease models in living animals, DISEASE MODELS, ANIMAL is available. Biological models include the use of mathematical equations, computers, and other electronic equipment.
Schizophrenia is a common serious long-term mental health condition that affects 5 in 1000 in the UK. It causes a range of different psychological symptoms; hallucinations, delusions, muddled thoughts based on the hallucinations or delusions and ch...
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