CHINESE JOURNAL OF APPLIED PROBABILITY AND STATIST 2009, 25(3) 320-326 DOI:      ISSN: 1001-4268 CN: 31-1256

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Keywords
Regression spline
smoothing spline
SUR kernel
longitudinal data
efficiency.
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Qin Guoyou
Zhu Zhongyi
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The Comparison of Nonparamteric Smoothing Methods for Longitudinal Data

Qin Guoyou,Zhu Zhongyi

Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health,Fudan University; Department of Statistics, Fudan University

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There are many nonparametric estimation methods for the mean functions of marginal models for longitudinal data. Those estimators such as regression spline, smoothing spline and seemingly unrelated(SUR) kernel estimators can achieve the minimum asymptotic variance when the true covariance structure is specified. The asymptotic bias of the regression spline estimator does not
depend on the working covariance matrix, but the asymptotic bias of smoothing spline and SUR kernel estimators depend on the working covariance matrix in a complicate manner. In this paper, we focus on the comparison of the estimation efficiency among the regression spline, smoothing spline and SUR kernel estimators. By simulation study, it is found that the regression spline estimator generally present higher efficiency than the other two estimators with smaller
mean square errors.

Keywords�� Regression spline   smoothing spline   SUR kernel   longitudinal data   efficiency.  
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