A non-parametric regression approach to repeated measures analysis in cancer experiments

M. Carme Ruiz De Villa, M. Salomé E. Cabral, Eduardo Escrich Escriche, Montse Solanas

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The validity conditions for univariate or multivariate analyses of repeated measures are highly sensitive to the usual assumptions. In cancer experiments, the data are frequently heteroscedastic and strongly correlated with time, and standard analyses do not perform well. Alternative non-parametric approaches can contribute to an analysis of these longitudinal data. This paper describes a method for such situations, using the results from a comparative experiment in which tumour volume is evaluated over time. First, we apply the non-parametric approach proposed by Raz in constructing a randomization F-test for comparing treatments. A local polynomial fit is conducted to estimate the growth curves and confidence intervals for each treatment. Finally, this technique is used to estimate the velocity of tumour growth.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-611
JournalJournal of Applied Statistics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1999


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