Disease mapping via negative binomial regression M-quantiles.

  title={Disease mapping via negative binomial regression M-quantiles.},
  author={Ray Chambers and Emanuela Dreassi and Nicola Salvati},
  journal={Statistics in medicine},
  volume={33 27},
We introduce a semi-parametric approach to ecological regression for disease mapping, based on modelling the regression M-quantiles of a negative binomial variable. The proposed method is robust to outliers in the model covariates, including those due to measurement error, and can account for both spatial heterogeneity and spatial clustering. A simulation experiment based on the well-known Scottish lip cancer data set is used to compare the M-quantile modelling approach with a disease mapping… CONTINUE READING
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