The following example demonstrates how you can use either the EQUATE= option in the MODEL statement or the RESTRICT statement to impose homogeneity constraints on chosen model effects.

The data for this example were presented by Margolin, Kaplan, and Zeiger (1981) and analyzed by various authors applying a number of techniques. The following DATA step shows the number of revertant salmonella
colonies (variable `num`

) at six levels of quinoline dosing (variable `dose`

). There are three replicate plates at each dose of quinoline.

data assay; label dose = 'Dose of quinoline (microg/plate)' num = 'Observed number of colonies'; input dose @; logd = log(dose+10); do i=1 to 3; input num@; output; end; datalines; 0 15 21 29 10 16 18 21 33 16 26 33 100 27 41 60 333 33 38 41 1000 20 27 42 ;

The basic notion is that the data are overdispersed relative to a Poisson distribution in which the logarithm of the mean count is modeled as a linear regression in dose (in plate) and in the derived variable (Lawless, 1987). The log of the expected count of revertants is thus

The following statements fit a standard Poisson regression model to these data:

proc hpfmm data=assay; model num = dose logd / dist=Poisson; run;

The Pearson statistic for this model is rather large compared to the number of degrees of freedom (). The ratio indicates an overdispersion problem in the Poisson model (Output 6.3.1).

Breslow (1984) accounts for overdispersion by including a random effect in the predictor for the log rate and applying a quasi-likelihood technique to estimate the parameters. Wang et al. (1996) examine these data using mixtures of Poisson regression models. They fit several two- and three-component Poisson regression mixtures. Examining the log likelihoods, AIC, and BIC criteria, they eventually settle on a two-component model in which the intercepts vary by category and the regression coefficients are the same. This mixture model can be written as

This model is fit with the HPFMM procedure with the following statements:

proc hpfmm data=assay; model num = dose logd / dist=Poisson k=2 equate=effects(dose logd); run;

The EQUATE=
option in the MODEL
statement places constraints on the optimization and makes the coefficients for `dose`

and `logd`

homogeneous across components in the model. Output 6.3.2 displays the "Fit Statistics" and parameter estimates in the mixture. The Pearson statistic is drastically reduced compared
to the Poisson regression model in Output 6.3.1. With degrees of freedom, the ratio of the Pearson and the degrees of freedom is now . Note that the effective number of parameters was used to compute the degrees of freedom, not the total number of parameters,
because of the equality constraints.

Output 6.3.2: Result for Two-Component Poisson Regression Mixture

Parameter Estimates for Poisson Model | |||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|

Component | Effect | Estimate | Standard Error |
z Value | Pr > |z| |

1 | Intercept | 1.9097 | 0.2654 | 7.20 | <.0001 |

1 | dose | -0.00126 | 0.000273 | -4.62 | <.0001 |

1 | logd | 0.3639 | 0.06602 | 5.51 | <.0001 |

2 | Intercept | 2.4770 | 0.2731 | 9.07 | <.0001 |

2 | dose | -0.00126 | 0.000273 | -4.62 | <.0001 |

2 | logd | 0.3639 | 0.06602 | 5.51 | <.0001 |

You could also have used RESTRICT statements to impose the homogeneity constraints on the model fit, as shown in the following statements:

proc hpfmm data=assay; model num = dose logd / dist=Poisson k=2; restrict 'common dose' dose 1, dose -1; restrict 'common logd' logd 1, logd -1; run;

The first RESTRICT
statement equates the coefficients for the `dose`

variable in the two components, and the second RESTRICT
statement accomplishes the same for the coefficients of the `logd`

variable. If the right-hand side of a restriction is not specified, PROC HPFMM defaults to equating the left-hand side of
the restriction to zero. The "Linear Constraints" table in Output 6.3.3 shows that both linear equality constraints are active. The parameter estimates match the previous HPFMM run.

Output 6.3.3: Result for Two-Component Mixture with RESTRICT Statements

Parameter Estimates for Poisson Model | |||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|

Component | Effect | Estimate | Standard Error |
z Value | Pr > |z| |

1 | Intercept | 1.9097 | 0.2654 | 7.20 | <.0001 |

1 | dose | -0.00126 | 0.000273 | -4.62 | <.0001 |

1 | logd | 0.3639 | 0.06602 | 5.51 | <.0001 |

2 | Intercept | 2.4770 | 0.2731 | 9.07 | <.0001 |

2 | dose | -0.00126 | 0.000273 | -4.62 | <.0001 |

2 | logd | 0.3639 | 0.06602 | 5.51 | <.0001 |

Wang et al. (1996) note that observation 12 with a revertant colony count of 60 is comparably high. The following statements remove the observation from the analysis and fit their selected model:

proc hpfmm data=assay(where=(num ne 60)); model num = dose logd / dist=Poisson k=2 equate=effects(dose logd); run;

Output 6.3.4: Result for Two-Component Model without Outlier

Parameter Estimates for Poisson Model | |||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|

Component | Effect | Estimate | Standard Error |
z Value | Pr > |z| |

1 | Intercept | 2.2272 | 0.3022 | 7.37 | <.0001 |

1 | dose | -0.00065 | 0.000445 | -1.46 | 0.1440 |

1 | logd | 0.2432 | 0.1045 | 2.33 | 0.0199 |

2 | Intercept | 2.5477 | 0.3331 | 7.65 | <.0001 |

2 | dose | -0.00065 | 0.000445 | -1.46 | 0.1440 |

2 | logd | 0.2432 | 0.1045 | 2.33 | 0.0199 |

The ratio of Pearson Statistic over degrees of freedom (12) is only slightly worse than in the previous model; the loss of 5% of the observations carries a price (Output 6.3.4). The parameter estimates for the two intercepts are now fairly close. If the intercepts were identical, then the two-component model would collapse to the Poisson regression model:

proc hpfmm data=assay(where=(num ne 60)); model num = dose logd / dist=Poisson; run;

Compared to the same model applied to the full data, the Pearson statistic is much reduced (compare 46.2707 in Output 6.3.1 to 27.8008 in Output 6.3.5). The outlier—or *over*count, if you will—induces at least some of the *over*dispersion.