Date of Award

5-3-2007

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Mathematics and Statistics

First Advisor

Dr. Yichuan Zhao - Chair

Second Advisor

Dr. Kyle Frantz

Third Advisor

Dr. Jun Han

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Yu-Sheng Hsu

Abstract

Longitudinal data, which is also known as repeated measures, has grown increasingly within the past years because of its ability to monitor change both within and between subjects. Statisticians in many fields of study have chosen this way of collecting data because it is cost effective and it minimizes the number of subjects required to produce a meaningful outcome. This thesis will explore the world of longitudinal studies to gain a thorough understanding of why this type of collecting data has grown so rapidly. This study will also describe several methods to analyze repeated measures using data collected on the behavior of both adolescent and adult rats. The question of interest is to see if there is a change in the mean response over time and if the covariates (age, bodyweight, gender, and time) influence those changes. After much testing, our data set has a positive nonlinear change in the mean response over time within the age and gender groups. Using a model that included random effects proved to be a better method than models that did not use any random effects. Taking the log of the response variable and using day as the random effect was overall a better fit for our dataset. The transformed model also showed all covariates except for age as being significant.

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