Extension of the Carter-Yang polynomial growth curve model to allow unique times of measurement for subjects.
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A PC program extending the procedure due to Carter and Yang (Commun Stat: Theory Methods, 8 (1986) 2507-2526) to allow unique times of measurement for subjects is described, illustrated and made available. Given longitudinal observations on each of N subjects comprising a single group, this program determines the lowest degree polynomial in time adequate to fit the average growth curve (AGC); estimates this curve and provides confidence bands for the AGC, and confidence intervals for the corresponding polynomial regression coefficients; and so-called prediction intervals which, with a given level of confidence, will contain the growth curve of a 'new' subject from the same population of which the N subjects constitute a random sample. Two kinds of missing data are accommodated. First, in the context of studies planned so that subjects will be measured at identical times and, second, in unstructured studies where subjects may present with their own, unique times of measurement.