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Activity Number: 620
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Thursday, August 4, 2011 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: International Chinese Statistical Association
Abstract - #300522
Title: Bayesian Inference in Joint Modelling of Location and Scale Parameters of the T Distribution for Longitudinal Data
Author(s): Tsung-I Lin*+ and Wan-Lun Wang
Companies: National Chung Hsing University and Feng Chia University
Address: Department of Applied Mathematics, Taichung, International, 402, Taiwan
Keywords: Cholesky decomposition ; Data augmentation ; Deviance information criterion ; MCMC ; Outliers ; Predictive distribution

We present a fully Bayesian approach to multivariate t regression models whose mean vector and scale covariance matrix are modelled jointly for analyzing longitudinal data. The scale covariance structure is factorized in terms of unconstrained autoregressive and scale innovation parameters through a modified Cholesky decomposition. A computationally flexible data augmentation sampler coupled with the Metropolis-within-Gibbs scheme is developed for computing the posterior distributions of parameters. The Bayesian predictive inference for the future response vector is also investigated. The proposed methodologies are illustrated through a real example from a sleep dose-response study.

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