[R] question on DPpackage

Francesca Ieva francesca.ieva at fastwebnet.it
Mon Mar 1 14:55:42 CET 2010

Hi to everyone,
I'm a PhD student  and I'm involved in non parametric analyses of 
hierarchical models. I tried to use package DPpackage on my data, but I 
encountered some problems in interpreting ouputs. Can anybody help me? 
The problem can be remued as follows: I have a logit hierarchical model 
for survival (i.e. binary response) in patients affected by heart 
failure (the court consists of n=536 subjects), admitted in J different 
hospitals. The idea is to explain survival by means of linear predictor 
of relevant covariates with a random effect on grouping factor, 
represented by hospital of dmission. The main goal would be the 
reconstruction of random effect density, because we are interest in 
founding (if present) groups of "similar" hospitals.
Now, I found some trouble in doing this beause I don't understand how 
outputs "ss", "ncluster" and "mub" work. Particullary, how does the 
package compute "ss" starting from "ncluster" distribution? How should I 
interpret the vector "mub"?  I tried to look into the fortrand code, but 
I'm not used to that language so it didn't help me a lot. Could anybody 
make me understand how "ss" and "ncluster" are related, and how to build 
the predictive densities of the random effect starting from "mub"s 
elements? It would be a great gain in my work.

Looking forward to hear news from you
thanks a lot in advance

Francesca Ieva


Francesca Ieva

MOX - Modeling and Scientific Computing
Dipartimento di Matematica "F.Brioschi"
Politecnico di Milano
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