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Activity Number: 257
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, August 2, 2010 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics in Epidemiology
Abstract - #309285
Title: A Study of Relationships Between Family Members Using Familial Correlations
Author(s): Corinne Wilson*+ and Dayanand Naik
Companies: Old Dominion University and Old Dominion University
Address: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Norfolk, VA, 23529,
Keywords: familial ; correlations ; dependent ; intraclass

An analysis of familial correlations where male and female children of the same family can have different correlations in the unequal family size case is considered. Three likelihood based tests, namely the likelihood ratio test, Rao score test, and Wald test, and two more asymtotic tests which use Srivastava's estimator of the intraclass correlation coefficient are considered to test the null hypothesis of equality of the intraclass correlation coefficients when the families have unequal numbers of children. These methods are implemented on Galton's data set on human stature and a simulation study is conducted to compare the different tests.

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