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A frequentist approach to estimating the force of infection for a respiratory disease using repeated measurement data from a birth cohort

By H. Mwambi, S. Ramroop, L. White, E. Okiro, D. James Nokes, Z. Shkedy and G. Molenberghs

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This article aims to develop a probability-based model involving the use of direct likelihood formulation and generalised linear modelling (GLM) approaches useful in estimating important disease parameters from longitudinal or repeated measurement data. The current application is based on infection with respiratory syncytial virus. The force of infection and the recovery rate or per capita loss of infection are the parameters of interest. However, because of the limitation arising from the study design and subsequently, the data generated only the force of infection is estimable. The problem of dealing with time-varying disease parameters is also addressed in the article by fitting piecewise constant parameters over time via the GLM approac

Publisher: 'SAGE Publications'
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1177/0962280210385749
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:39802
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