TitleProceedings of COMPSTAT'2010Examining the Association between Deprivation Profiles and Air Pollution in Greater London using Bayesian Dirichlet Process Mixture Models
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsMolitor, J, Fortunato, L
Series EditorLechevallier, Y, Saporta, G
Number of Pages277 - 283
PublisherPhysica-Verlag HD
ISBN Number978-3-7908-2604-3

Standard regression analyses are often plagued with problems encountered when one tries to make inference going beyond main effects, using datasets that contain dozens of variables that are potentially correlated. This situation arises, for example, in environmental deprivation studies, where a large number of deprivation scores are used as covariates, yielding a potentially unwieldy set of interrelated data from which teasing out the joint effect of multiple deprivation indices is difficult. We propose a method, based on Dirichlet-process mixture models that addresses these problems by using, as its basic unit of inference, a profile formed from a sequence of continuous deprivation measures. These deprivation profiles are clustered into groups and associated via a regression model to an air pollution outcome. The Bayesian clustering aspect of the proposed modeling framework has a number of advantages over traditional clustering approaches in that it allows the number of groups to vary, uncovers clusters and examines their association with an outcome of interest and fits the model as a unit, allowing a region’s outcome potentially to influence cluster membership. The method is demonstrated with an analysis UK Indices of Deprivation and PM10 exposure measures corresponding to super output areas (SOA’s) in greater London.