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Maximum-likelihood estimation of familial correlations from multivariate quantitative data on pedigrees: a general method and examples.

Authors
  • D C Rao
  • G P Vogler
  • M McGue
  • J M Russell
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1987
Source
PMC
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
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Abstract

A general method for maximum-likelihood estimation of familial correlations from pedigree data is presented. The method is applicable to any type of data structure, including pedigrees in which variable numbers of individuals are present within classes of relatives, data in which multiple phenotypic measures are obtained on each individual, and multiple group analyses in which some correlations are equated across groups. The method is applied to data on high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and total cholesterol levels obtained from participants in the Swedish Twin Family Study. Results indicate that there is strong familial resemblance for both traits but little cross-trait resemblance.

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