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Bayesian analysis with Stata: Application to neonatal mortality in the UK


  • John R. Thompson

    (Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester)


The Bayesian approach to statistical analysis has many theoretical advantages, but in the past, its use has been limited by a lack of suitable statistical software. In a book published this year by Stata Press called Bayesian Analysis with Stata, I have tried to show that Stata can be used for Bayesian as well as frequentist statistical analysis. In this talk, I will present a Bayesian analysis of neonatal mortality rates in England and Wales and show how it can be implemented in Stata or Mata or by calling WinBUGS from within Stata. Over the last few decades, neonatal mortality has been falling steadily throughout the world, but the UK lags some way behind many other developed countries. Each year, data on neonatal mortality categorized by birth weight and maternal age are published. We will use a Bayesian analysis of these data to see if the declining rate over time has been similar in all the categories.

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  • John R. Thompson, 2014. "Bayesian analysis with Stata: Application to neonatal mortality in the UK," United Kingdom Stata Users' Group Meetings 2014 14, Stata Users Group.
  • Handle: RePEc:boc:usug14:14

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