Efficient estimation of smooth distributions from coarsely grouped data. Rizzi S, Gampe J, Eilers PH - Am. J. Epidemiol. (2015) Bottom Line: This maximization is performed efficiently by a version of the iteratively reweighted least-squares algorithm.Optimal values of the smoothing parameter are chosen by minimizing Akaike's Information Criterion.Wide, open-ended intervals can be handled properly. View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed Show MeSH MajorEpidemiologic Methods*Statistics as Topic* Related in: MedlinePlus © Copyright Policy - creative-commons Related In: Results  -  Collection License getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4493979&req=5 .flowplayer { width: px; height: px; } KWV020F1: Statistical model for grouped data. The distribution of interest γ is defined on a fine scale. Grouping composes several values of γ to the values of μ, which are the expected counts for the grouped distribution. The observed data y are realizations of Poisson random variables with expected values μ. The latent distribution γ is to be estimated from the grouped counts y, which can be achieved by assuming that γ is smooth. Mentions: Consider a sequence of values a1, …, aJ (i.e., ages a1 = 0, a2 = 1, …) and let γj, j = 1, …, J be the corresponding expected counts that constitute the distribution of the values aj. In a sample of size N, each γj = Npj, where pj is the probability of the value aj. If the sample were not grouped, then the number of observations at the aj would follow Poisson distributions with means γj (13). However, although we would like to estimate the distribution γ = (γ1, …, γJ)T, the actually observed grouped counts yi are realizations from Poisson variables Yi, i = 1, …, I, whose expected values μi = E(Yi) result from grouping the original distribution γ into I < J bins (Figure 1). Each of the μi results from a sum of those values γj that contribute to bin i of the histogram, and the observed counts have the probability If we combine the μi into a vector μ = (μ1, …, μI)T, we can write μ = Cγ, with C being the I × J composition matrixC=1⋯10⋯⋯⋯⋯00⋯01⋯10⋯0⋮⋮⋮0⋱00⋮⋮0⋯00⋯01…1.Figure 1.

Efficient estimation of smooth distributions from coarsely grouped data.

Rizzi S, Gampe J, Eilers PH - Am. J. Epidemiol. (2015)

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