Prospective run theory for multinomial outcomes

Renuka Prasad Trivedi, The University of Texas School of Public Health


The focus of this study was to generalize the theory of runs to multinomial outcomes using the generating function approach. Detailed discussion is provided for determining the probability distributions for all runs of length i in a sequence of n trials for the binomial and trinomial cases. The generalization to multinomial case is also presented. Application to data for patients from a long term disability care facility is presented to illustrate the use of Run Theory in determining the probability of a dominant state of treatment associated with a patient during his/her hospitalization.

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Trivedi, Renuka Prasad, "Prospective run theory for multinomial outcomes" (1993). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI9401780.