Many seemingly disparate approaches for marginal modeling have been developed in recent years. We demonstrate that many current approaches for marginal modeling of correlated binary outcomes produce likelihoods that are equivalent to the proposed copula-based models herein. These general copula models of underlying latent threshold random variables yield likelihood based models for marginal fixed effects estimation and interpretation in the analysis of correlated binary data. Moreover, we propose a nomenclature and set of model relationships that substantially elucidates the complex area of marginalized models for binary data. A diverse collection of didactic mathematical and numerical examples are given to illustrate concepts.
Categorical Data Analysis | Longitudinal Data Analysis and Time Series | Multivariate Analysis | Statistical Models
Swihart, Bruce J.; Caffo, Brian; and Crainiceanu, Ciprian, "A unified approach to modeling multivariate binary data using copulas over partitions" (July 2010). Johns Hopkins University, Dept. of Biostatistics Working Papers. Working Paper 213.