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Re: st: RE: Growth curve with -gllamm- (any way to get peak velocityand height?)

From   Joseph Wagner <>
Subject   Re: st: RE: Growth curve with -gllamm- (any way to get peak velocityand height?)
Date   Fri, 10 Aug 2007 09:38:13 -0400

The research involves craniofacial skeletal growth measurements. The data consist of several angle measurements at junctions between bones and length measurements of specific areas of bone. We have demographic data as well. We get measurements (using x-rays) from individuals annually over their lifetime. We want to know at which point the greatest rate of growth occurs and the peak growth velocity for individuals and the mean for our entire sample. We also want to know the rate of bone recession in older persons.

Nick Cox wrote:

It isn't obvious from this information alone that -gllamm-
is the only or even the best way to do it. That said, there will be ways to get key properties of fitted growth curves, even if only numerically. Quite how will depend on what you do precisely, so better answers
might depend on further information.
Joseph Wagner

I have data composed of yearly jaw xray measurements over a 20 year
period. I wish to do some growth curve analyses of these data so I plan
to use -gllamm- but I was wondering, is there a way to get the mean peak
velocity and the mean peak height of the growth curve?
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