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Activity Number: 340 - SPEED: Bayesian Methods, Part 1
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Bayesian Statistical Science
Abstract #303062 Presentation
Title: Ordinal Probit Functional Regression Models with Application to Computer-Use Behavior in Rhesus Monkeys
Author(s): Mark Meyer* and Jeffrey S. Morris and Regina Paxton Gazes and Robert R. Hampton and Brent A. Coull
Companies: Georgetown University and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Bucknell University and Emory University and Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Keywords: Functional Regression; Generalized Outcomes; Wavelets; O'Sullivan Splines; Probit Regression; Bayesian Analysis

Research in functional regression has made great strides in expanding to non-Gaussian functional outcomes, however the exploration of ordinal functional outcomes remains limited. Motivated by a study of computer-use behavior in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta), we introduce the Ordinal Probit Functional Regression Model or OPFRM to perform Bayesian ordinal function-on-scalar regression. The OPFRM is flexibly formulated to allow for the choice of different basis functions including penalized B-splines, wavelets, and O'Sullivan splines. We demonstrate the operating characteristics of the model in simulation using a variety of underlying covariance patterns showing that the model performs reasonably well in estimation under multiple basis functions. We also present and compare two approaches for conducting posterior inference showing that joint credible intervals tend to out perform point-wise credible intervals. Finally, in application, we determine demographic factors associated with the monkeys' computer use over the course of a year and provide a brief analysis of the findings.

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