Generalized Poisson models arising from Markov processes

Elsevier Science Bv
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Statistics & Probability Letters, 1998, 39 (3), pp. 205 - 212
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We develop a family of distributions which allow for over- and underdispersion relative to the Poisson. This latter feature is particularly appealing since many existing methods only allow for overdispersion. These distributions arise from underlying continuous-time Markov processes in which event rates depend on how many events have already occurred. The results are illustrated with underdispersed count data from a polyspermy study and overdispersed data from the Canadian Sickness Survey. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
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