Title

Adjusting background noise in cluster analyses of longitudinal data

Abstract

Background noise in cluster analyses can potentially mask the true underlying patterns. To tease out patterns uniquely to certain populations, a Bayesian semi-parametric clustering method is presented. It infers and adjusts background noise. The method is built upon a mixture of the Dirichlet process and a point mass function. Simulations demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method. The method is then applied to analyze a longitudinal data set on allergic sensitization and asthma status.

Publication Title

Computational Statistics and Data Analysis

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