Log-Linear Model Analysis of the Semi-Symmetric Intraclass Contingency Table

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This paper addresses the problem of analyzing a three-way contingency table that is upper-triangular, and a priori symmetric within layers. The log-linear model is modified to handle this kind of table, and maximum likelihood estimation is carried out for the modified log-linear model. This leads to an expression of the maximum likelihood estimates exclusively in terms of the observed cell counts. It is skin this analysis is equivalent to an application of the gone log-linear model to an artificially complete table, obtain. by splitting the off-diagonal cells in half within layers. This analysis is used in analyzing the results of a study done to determine the effect of the sex-linked dwarfing gene in male chickens on resistance to E. coli infection; the conclusion differs from that of a previous analysis of the same data (see Norwood and Hinkelmann 1978). It is found, in fact, that the structure of association among the two allele variables and the disease variable is somewhat more complex than previously proposed. A second example is taken from Ishii (1960). Finally, collapsibility conditions for the modified log-linear model, as well as various other sampling plans and limitations to the testing procedure, are discussed.


Author's last name is spelled as Khamiss, rather than Khamis in catalog record.



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