Heumann, Christian (1996): Marginal regression modeling of correlated multicategorical response: A likelihood approach. Sonderforschungsbereich 386, Discussion Paper 19




A full likelihood approach for marginal regression modeling of correlated multicategorical data is proposed. It is in fact an extension of the approach of Fitzmaurice and Laird (1993) for repeated binary response. The association is directly modeled in terms of conditional odds ratio parameters resulting in the fact that the maximum likelihood estimates of mean and association parameters are asymptotically independent. The technical details are worked out and the approach is illustrated with data previously analyzed by Miller, Davis and Landis (1993).