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Markov counting models for correlated binary responses.

TitleMarkov counting models for correlated binary responses.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsCrawford, Forrest W., and Daniel Zelterman
JournalBiostatistics (Oxford, England)
Date Published2015 Mar 19
AbstractWe propose a class of continuous-time Markov counting processes for analyzing correlated binary data and establish a correspondence between these models and sums of exchangeable Bernoulli random variables. Our approach generalizes many previous models for correlated outcomes, admits easily interpretable parameterizations, allows different cluster sizes, and incorporates ascertainment bias in a natural way. We demonstrate several new models for dependent outcomes and provide algorithms for computing maximum likelihood estimates. We show how to incorporate cluster-specific covariates in a regression setting and demonstrate improved fits to well-known datasets from familial disease epidemiology and developmental toxicology.
Alternate JournalBiostatistics

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