Score Tests for Semiparametric Zero-inflated Poisson Models

Chin-Shang Li


Count data sets often produce many zeros. It is sometimes potentially questionable to use a linear predictor to model the effect of a continuous covariate of interest in zero-inflated count data. To relax the restriction, Li (2011) proposed a semiparametric zero-inflated Poisson (ZIP) regression model by using fixed-knot cubic $basis$ splines or $B$-splines to model the covariate effect, and used the likelihood ratio test to assess the validity of the linear relationship between the natural logarithm of the Poisson mean and the covariate. A score test is conducted to assess whether the extra proportion of zeros in the semiparametric ZIP regression model is equal to zero.

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International Journal of Statistics and Probability   ISSN 1927-7032(Print)   ISSN 1927-7040(Online)

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