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Tipo di tesi Tesi di laurea specialistica
Autore Del Fava, Emanuele
Indirizzo email e.delfava@gmail.com
URN etd-03222007-164121
Titolo Modelling forces of infection for mumps, rubella and parvovirus: a statistical perspective
Settore scientifico disciplinare ECONOMIA, FACOLTA'
Corso di studi STATISTICA PER L'ECONOMIA E PER L'AZIENDA
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Nome Commissario Qualifica
Pietro Angelo Manfredi Relatore
Parole chiave
  • fractional polynomials
  • generalized linear models
  • nonlinear least squares models
  • confidence intervals for a binomial proportion
  • force of infection
  • seroprevalence
  • serological survey
Data inizio appello 2007-04-26
Disponibilità unrestricted
Riassunto analitico
The force of infection is a fundamental epidemiological parameter of infectious diseases. For many infectious diseases it is assumed that the force of infection is age-dependant. Although the force of infection can be estimated directly from a follow up study, it is much more common to have cross-sectional seroprevalence data from which the seroprevalence and the force of infection can be estimated. Here we propose to model the seroprevalence with three different parametric models: a nonlinear least squares model proposed by Farrington (1990); a logistic model, estimated using the generalized linear models; two fractional polynomial models of different order. We illustrate the methods on three seroprevalence samples, taken by the literature, regarding the following infectious diseases: mumps, rubella and parvovirus. Besides, in order to determine the optimal sample size for a serological survey, we show the serious problems of the standard confidence interval for a binomial proportion and we introduce some alternative confidence intervals proposed by the literature.
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