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Revista Brasileira de Saúde Materno Infantil

Print version ISSN 1519-3829On-line version ISSN 1806-9304

Abstract

MORALES, Fidel Ernesto Castro  and  MEDEIROS, Anna Cecília Queiroz de. Use of a Bayesian hierarchical model to study the allometric scaling of the fetoplacental weight ratio. Rev. Bras. Saude Mater. Infant. [online]. 2016, vol.16, n.1, pp.67-70. ISSN 1806-9304.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1806-93042016000100008.

Objectives:

to propose the use of a Bayesian hierarchical model to study the allometric scaling of the fetoplacental weight ratio, including possible confounders.

Methods:

data from 26 singleton pregnancies with gestational age at birth between 37 and 42 weeks were analyzed. The placentas were collected immediately after delivery and stored under refrigeration until the time of analysis, which occurred within up to 12 hours. Maternal data were collected from medical records. A Bayesian hierarchical model was proposed and Markov chain Monte Carlo simulation methods were used to obtain samples from distribution a posteriori.

Results:

the model developed showed a reasonable fit, even allowing for the incorporation of variables and a priori information on the parameters used.

Conclusions:

new variables can be added to the modelfrom the available code, allowing many possibilities for data analysis and indicating the potential for use in research on the subject.

Keywords : Birth weight; Placenta; Data interpretation; statistics.

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