Journal article

A Method of Trigonometric Modelling of Seasonal Variation Demonstrated with Multiple Sclerosis Relapse Data

Tim Spelman, Orla Gray, Robyn Lucas, Helmut Butzkueven

JOVE-JOURNAL OF VISUALIZED EXPERIMENTS | JOURNAL OF VISUALIZED EXPERIMENTS | Published : 2015

Abstract

This report describes a novel Stata-based application of trigonometric regression modelling to 55 years of multiple sclerosis relapse data from 46 clinical centers across 20 countries located in both hemispheres. Central to the success of this method was the strategic use of plot analysis to guide and corroborate the statistical regression modelling. Initial plot analysis was necessary for establishing realistic hypotheses regarding the presence and structural form of seasonal and latitudinal influences on relapse probability and then testing the performance of the resultant models. Trigonometric regression was then necessary to quantify these relationships, adjust for important confounders ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Ivan Hanigan for his support in extracting and interpreting the ultraviolet radiation satellite data. The work was supported by the NHMRC Career Development Award (Clinical) to HB [ID628856], NHMRC Project Grant [1032484], NHMRC Center for Research Excellence [Grant ID 1001216] and the MSBase Foundation. The MSBase Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that receives support from Merck Serono, Biogen Idec, Novartis Pharma, Bayer-Schering, Sanofi-Aventis and BioCSL. RL is supported by a NHMRC Career Development Award [ID 1004898].