Journal article

Using intervention time series analyses to assess the effects of imperfectly identifiable natural events: a general method and example.

Stuart Gilmour, Louisa Degenhardt, Wayne Hall, Carolyn Day

BMC Medical Research Methodology | Published : 2006

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Intervention time series analysis (ITSA) is an important method for analysing the effect of sudden events on time series data. ITSA methods are quasi-experimental in nature and the validity of modelling with these methods depends upon assumptions about the timing of the intervention and the response of the process to it. METHOD: This paper describes how to apply ITSA to analyse the impact of unplanned events on time series when the timing of the event is not accurately known, and so the problems of ITSA methods are magnified by uncertainty in the point of onset of the unplanned intervention. RESULTS: The methods are illustrated using the example of the Australian Heroin Shortage ..

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