64th ISI World Statistics Congress - Ottawa, Canada

64th ISI World Statistics Congress - Ottawa, Canada

Modeling longitudinal skewed functional data


Mohammad Samsul Alam


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    Ana-Maria Staicu


64th ISI World Statistics Congress - Ottawa, Canada

Format: CPS Abstract

Keywords: copula, functional, longitudinal


This paper introduces a model for longitudinal functional data analysis by accounting for pointwise skewness. The proposed procedure decouples the marginal pointwise variation from the complex longitudinal and functional dependence using copula methodology. The pointwise variation is described through parametric distribution functions that capture varying skewness and vary smoothly both in time and over the functional argument. The joint dependence is quantified through a Gaussian copula with a low-rank approximation-based covariance. The introduced class of models provides an unifying platform for both pointwise quantile estimation and prediction of complete trajectories at new times. We investigate the methods numerically in simulations and discuss their application to a diffusion tensor imaging study of multiple sclerosis patients.


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