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Drs. Yangxin Huang and Getachew Dagne Publish Article on Mixed Effects Joint Models for Data

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Biometrics. 2012 Sep;68(3):943-53. doi: 10.1111/j.1541-0420.2011.01719.x. Epub 2011 Dec 7.

Bayesian semiparametric nonlinear mixed-effects joint models for data with skewness, missing responses, and measurement errors in covariates.


Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida 33612, U.S.A.


Summary It is a common practice to analyze complex longitudinal data using semiparametric nonlinear mixed-effects (SNLME) models with a normal distribution. Normality assumption of model errors may unrealistically obscure important features of subject variations. To partially explain between- and within-subject variations, covariates are usually introduced in such models, but some covariates may often be measured with substantial errors. Moreover, the responses may be missing and the missingness may be nonignorable. Inferential procedures can be complicated dramatically when data with skewness, missing values, and measurement error are observed. In the literature, there has been considerable interest in accommodating either skewness, incompleteness or covariate measurement error in such models, but there has been relatively little study concerning all three features simultaneously. In this article, our objective is to address the simultaneous impact of skewness, missingness, and covariate measurement error by jointly modeling the response and covariate processes based on a flexible Bayesian SNLME model. The method is illustrated using a real AIDS data set to compare potential models with various scenarios and different distribution specifications.

© 2011, The International Biometric Society.

PMID:  22150787 [PubMed - in process]
PMCID:  PMC3460696