Improving the convergence rate in conditional autoregressive models. (English) Zbl 1431.62488

Summary: The improvement of the convergence rate of the parameter estimation process is dealt with in the context of disease mapping when generalized linear mixed models are used. Two transformations of the random effects covariance matrix parameters are proposed with the aim of forcing the resulting estimates into their domain. The increased convergence rate using these transformations is shown through a simulation study. The approach is illustrated with reference to Scottish lip cancer data and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus data from Catalonia. Both datasets suffer problems of convergence which are solved using the transformed parameters.


62P10 Applications of statistics to biology and medical sciences; meta analysis
62J12 Generalized linear models (logistic models)
62M10 Time series, auto-correlation, regression, etc. in statistics (GARCH)
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