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Title: Gaussian variational approximation for overdispersed generalized linear mixed models
FAES, Christel 
Issue Date: 2012
Source: Proceedings of the Joint Statistical Meetings
Abstract: In a recent publication by Molenberghs and DemĀ“etrio (2011) a general modeling framework was proposed to model non-Gaussian data that are hierarchically structured and are overdispersed in the sense that the distributional mean-variance relationship is not fulfilled. The modeling framework extends the Generalized Linear Models with two random effects, a normally distributed random effect for the hierarchy and a conjugate random effect to account for the overdispersion. The main difficulty with this kind of models is the computational complex estimation due to the intractable multivariate integrals, as is the case for Generalized Linear Mixed Models that involves such integrals with no analytic expression. Different estimation methods for these models were already proposed: estimation using partial marginalization, estimation in the bayesian framework, and an approximate estimation based on pseudo-likelihood. In this manuscript, the use of Gaussian variational approximation methods is investigated as a computationally fast estimation method for the combined model. A range of over-dispersed non-gaussian outcomes mixed models are investigated. It appears to be computationally fast and accurate.
Keywords: Gaussian variational approximation; overdispersion ; hierarchical models; Weibull Gamma Normal, Poisson Normal; Logistic Normal.
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Category: C2
Type: Proceedings Paper
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