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Title: Inference for variance components in linear mixed-effect models with flexible random effect and error distributions.

Authors: Chen, Tom; Wang, Rui

Published In Stat Methods Med Res, (2020 12)

Abstract: In many biomedical investigations, parameters of interest, such as the intraclass correlation coefficient, are functions of higher-order moments reflecting finer distributional characteristics. One popular method to make inference for such parameters is through postulating a parametric random effects model. We relax the standard normality assumptions for both the random effects and errors through the use of the Fleishman distribution, a flexible four-parameter distribution which accounts for the third and fourth cumulants. We propose a Fleishman bootstrap method to construct confidence intervals for correlated data and develop a normality test for the random effect and error distributions. Recognizing that the intraclass correlation coefficient may be heavily influenced by a few extreme observations, we propose a modified, quantile-normalized intraclass correlation coefficient. We evaluate our methods in simulation studies and apply these methods to the Childhood Adenotonsillectomy Trial sleep electroencephalogram data in quantifying wave-frequency correlation among different channels.

PubMed ID: 32669048 Exiting the NIEHS site

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