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Activity Number: 341 - Random Effects and Mixed Models
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Biometrics Section
Abstract #306453 Presentation 1 Presentation 2
Title: Fast Two-Stage Estimator for Clustered Count Data with Overdispersion
Author(s): Alvaro Flórez* and Geert Molenberghs and Geert Verbeke and Michael Kenward and Pavlos Mamouris and Bert Vaes
Companies: Universiteit Hasselt and Universiteit Hasselt & Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Catholic University of Leuven and Ashkirk, United Kingdom and KU Leuven and KU Leuven
Keywords: Generalized linear mixed model; Hierarchical data; Negative binomial model; Poisson model; Random effects

Clustered overdispersed count data are commonly analyzed by the generalized linear mixed model (GLMM) including gamma random effects. Routinely, the GLMM is fitted by maximizing the marginal likelihood. However, the derivation of the marginal joint distribution is complicated and the marginalization is done numerically. Therefore, it can be too time-consuming or intractable with very large data. Therefore, we propose a less intensive estimator.

It is rooted in the split-sample method, but with a single cluster by stratum, leading to the cluster-by-cluster(CbC) estimator. It requires two stages. (1) a generalized linear model is fitted to each cluster separately. (2) global estimates for the fixed effects and overdispersion parameter are computed using weights. For the variance of the random effects, a method-of-moments estimator is proposed.

Based on simulations, it is fast and shows good statistical properties. For the fixed effects, it is unbiased and highly efficient. For the variance components, it is asymptotically efficient as the size of the clusters increases. Moreover, this method is illustrated using a large database belonging to a network of Belgian general practices.

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