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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Bayesian analysis of skew-normal independent linear mixed models with heterogeneity in the random-effects population
Author: Cabral, CRB
Lachos, VH
Madruga, MR
Abstract: We present a new class of models to fit longitudinal data, obtained with a suitable modification of the classical linear mixed-effects model. For each sample unit, the joint distribution of the random effect and the random error is a finite mixture of scale mixtures of multivariate skew-normal distributions. This extension allows us to model the data in a more flexible way, taking into account skewness, multimodality and discrepant observations at the same time. The scale mixtures of skew-normal form an attractive class of asymmetric heavy-tailed distributions that includes the skew-normal, skew-Student-t, skew-slash and the skew-contaminated normal distributions as special cases, being a flexible alternative to the use of the corresponding symmetric distributions in this type of models. A simple efficient MCMC Gibbs-type algorithm for posterior Bayesian inference is employed. In order to illustrate the usefulness of the proposed methodology, two artificial and two real data sets are analyzed. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Subject: Bayesian estimation
Finite mixtures
Linear mixed models
Skew-normal distribution
Country: Holanda
Editor: Elsevier Science Bv
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1016/j.jspi.2011.07.007
Date Issue: 2012
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