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A latent process model for dementia and psychometric tests.

Abstract : We jointly model longitudinal values of a psychometric test and diagnosis of dementia. The model is based on a continuous-time latent process representing cognitive ability. The link between the latent process and the observations is modeled in two phases. Intermediate variables are noisy observations of the latent process; scores of the psychometric test and diagnosis of dementia are obtained by categorizing these intermediate variables. We propose maximum likelihood inference for this model and we propose algorithms for performing this task. We estimated the parameters of such a model using the data of the 5 year follow-up of the PAQUID study. In particular this analysis yielded interesting results about the effect of educational level on both latent cognitive ability and specific performance in the mini mental test examination. The predictive ability of the model is illustrated by predicting diagnosis of dementia at the 8 year follow-up of the PAQUID study based on the information from the first 5 years.
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Julien Ganiayre, Daniel Commenges, Luc Letenneur. A latent process model for dementia and psychometric tests.. Lifetime Data Analysis, Springer Verlag, 2008, 14 (2), pp.115-33. ⟨10.1007/s10985-007-9057-x⟩. ⟨inserm-00177033⟩



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