Longitudinal categorical data analysis: A continuous -time Markov chain approach

Yen-Peng Li, The University of Texas School of Public Health


In this dissertation, we propose a continuous-time Markov chain model to examine the longitudinal data that have three categories in the outcome variable. The advantage of this model is that it permits a different number of measurements for each subject and the duration between two consecutive time points of measurements can be irregular. Using the maximum likelihood principle, we can estimate the transition probability between two time points. By using the information provided by the independent variables, this model can also estimate the transition probability for each subject. The Monte Carlo simulation method will be used to investigate the goodness of model fitting compared with that obtained from other models. A public health example will be used to demonstrate the application of this method.

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Li, Yen-Peng, "Longitudinal categorical data analysis: A continuous -time Markov chain approach" (2005). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI3182107.