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General Departmental Seminar Series

Efficient Aggregate Unbiased Estimating Functions Approach for Correlated Data Missing at Random

Annie Qu

Oregon State University
Stat/BMI Faculty Candidate

Wednesday, February 13, 2008
140 Bardeen


We develop a consistent and highly efficient marginal model for missing at random data using an estimating function approach. Our approach differs from inverse weighted estimating equations (Robins et al., 1995) and the imputation method (Paik, 1997), in that our approach does not require estimating the probability of missing or impute the missing response based on assumed models. The proposed method is based on an aggregate unbiased estimating function approach which does not require the likelihood function; however, it is equivalent to the score equation if the likelihood is known. The aggregate unbiased approach is based on a larger class of estimating functions than the pattern-unbiased approach. Therefore, the most efficient estimating function based on the aggregate unbiased approach is more efficient than in pattern-unbiased approaches. We provide comparisons of the three approaches using simulated data and also an HIV data example.

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