[R] Corstr in the Gee (Generalized Estimation Equation) arguments?

Thomas Lumley thomas at biostat.washington.edu
Sat Mar 18 20:22:54 CET 2000

On Sat, 18 Mar 2000, Jinn-Yuh Guh wrote:

> Dear all:
> Y=a+bX1+cX2
> In the Gee (Generalized Estimation Equation) arguments:
> The arument Corstr has sveral choices:
>             "independence" "fixed" "stat_M_dep" "non_stat_M_dep"
>              "exchangeable" "AR-M" "unstructured" 
> What does each term mean?
> How do I choose among them?
> How do I know the correlation structure of my repeated measures data?
> Can non-normally distributed X1, X2 be used?
> Thank you very much.

The distribution of X1,X2 is irrelevant, as for most regression
methods. The distribution of Y can be non-Normal, the family= argument
works the same way as for glm.

There isn't a magic solution to knowing the correlation of your data. You
should read 

	@article{gee-ZL,author={Scott L. Zeger and Kung-Yee Liang},
        	  title={Longitudinal Data Analysis for Discrete and
                  Continuous Outcomes}, journal={Biometrics},
                  year={1986}, volume=42, pages={121--130}}

	author = "Peter J. Diggle and Kung-Yee Liang and Scott L. Zeger",
  	title = "Analysis of Longitudinal Data",
  	publisher = "Oxford University Press",
  	year = 1994,
  	series = "Oxford Statistical Science Series",
  	address = "Oxford" }
or other references on the subject.


Thomas Lumley
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics
University of Washington, Seattle

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