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Czado, Claudia; Heyn, Anette and Müller, Gernot (2005): Modeling migraine severity with autoregressive ordered probit models. Collaborative Research Center 386, Discussion Paper 413 [PDF, 302kB]


This paper considers the problem of modeling migraine severity assessments and their dependence on weather and time characteristics. Since ordinal severity measurements arise from a single patient dependencies among the measurements have to be accounted for. For this the autore- gressive ordinal probit (AOP) model of Müller and Czado (2004) is utilized and fitted by a grouped move multigrid Monte Carlo (GM-MGMC) Gibbs sampler. Initially, covariates are selected using proportional odds models ignoring this dependency. Model fit and model comparison are discussed. The analysis shows that humidity, windchill, sunshine length and pressure differences have an effect in addition to a high dependence on previous measurements. A comparison with proportional odds specifications shows that the AOP models are preferred.

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