This paper discusses Bayesian statistical methods for the classification of observations into two or more groups based on hierarchical models for nonlinear longitudinal profiles. Parameter estimation for a discriminant model that classifies individuals into distinct predefined groups or populations uses appropriate posterior simulation schemes. The methods are illustrated with data from a study involving 173 pregnant women. The main objective in this study is to predict normal versus abnormal pregnancy outcomes from beta human chorionic gonadotropin data available at early stages of pregnancy.
- Discriminant analysis
- Longitudinal data
- Nonlinear hierarchical models