Faculty Advisor

Nandram, Balgobin

Faculty Advisor

Vernescu, Bogdan M.


We predict finite population mean BMI nationally for children and adolescents using NHANES III survey data. There are many nonrespondents and no distributional assumption is made on BMI. As link functions for response indicators, we compare the logistic distribution and student's t mixtures. We use Metropolis samplers to fit our models. Nonrespondents are assigned cells based on propensity scores to impute BMI, and uncertainty about this process is included. Predictive inference is done using least-squares, and we make comparison with a recent method.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2006


Mathematical Sciences

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences

Advisor Program

Mathematical Sciences