The robust estimation method for a finite mixture of Poisson mixed-effect models
AbstractWhen analyzing clustered count data derived from several latent subpopulations, the finite mixture of the Poisson mixed-effect model is an immediate strategy to model the underlying heterogeneity. Within the generalized linear mixed model framework, parameters in such a model are often estimated through the residual maximum likelihood estimation approach. However, the method is vulnerable to outliers. To develop robust estimators, the minimum Hellinger distance (MHD) estimation approach has been proposed by Xiang et al. (Xiang, L., Yau, K.K.W., Lee, A.H., Hui, Y.V., 2008. Minimum Hellinger distance estimation for k-component Poisson mixture with random effects. Biometrics 64, 508–518) with the random effects following a normal distribution. In some circumstances, there is little information available on the joint distributional form of the random effects. Without prescribing a parametric form for the random effects distribution, we consider embedding the non-parametric maximum likelihood (NPML) approach within the MHD estimation to extend the robust estimation method for a finite mixture of Poisson mixed-effect models. The NPML estimation not only avoids the problem of numerical integration in deriving the MHD estimating equations, but also enhances the robustness characteristic because of its resistance to possible misspecification of the parametric distribution for the random effects. The performance of the new method is evaluated and compared with that of the existing MHD estimation using simulations. Application to analyze a real data set of recurrent urinary tract infections is illustrated.
Download InfoIf you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.
Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Elsevier in its journal Computational Statistics & Data Analysis.
Volume (Year): 56 (2012)
Issue (Month): 6 ()
Contact details of provider:
Web page: http://www.elsevier.com/locate/csda
Finite mixture; Minimum Hellinger distance; Non-parametric maximum likelihood; Robustness;
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
- Woo, Mi-Ja & Sriram, T.N., 2007. "Robust estimation of mixture complexity for count data," Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 51(9), pages 4379-4392, May.
- Warwick, J., 2005. "A data-based method for selecting tuning parameters in minimum distance estimators," Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 48(3), pages 571-585, March.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Zhang, Lei).
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.