Journal of Biometrics & Biostatistics

ISSN: 2155-6180

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Testing of Gender Differences on Sib-Sib Correlations for Binary Traits: Likelihood Based Inference with Application to Arterial Blood Pressures Data


Mohamed Shoukri, K Collison and F Al-Mohanna

Estimation of measures of familial aggregation is considered the first step in establishing whether a specified disease has a genetic component. Population based family study designs areusually used to estimate correlations among siblings. When the trait of interest is quantitative (e.g. blood pressure, body mass index, blood glucose level) testing the effect of gender differences on sib-sib correlations is achieved using the likelihood method of estimation under the assumption of multivariate normality. When the trait of interest is measured on the binary scale testing the equality of a brother-brother and sister-sister correlation is more complex. In this paper we develop likelihood-based inference procedures for this purpose which may beapplied to nuclear family data.


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