Local estimation of age-dependent variance components from longitudinal twin data.
Biometrics | Published : 2000
In the study of longitudinal twin and family data, interest is often in the covariance structure of the data and the decomposition of this covariance structure into genetic and environmental components rather than in estimating the mean function. Various parametric models for covariance structures have been proposed but, e.g., in studies of children where growth spurts occur at various ages, it is difficult to a priori determine an appropriate parametric model for the covariance structure. In particular, there is a general lack of the visualization procedures, such as lowess, that are invaluable in the initial stages of constructing a parametric model for a mean function. Here we use kernel ..View full abstract