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Small-sample bias and corrections for conditional maximum-likelihood odds-ratio estimators

Small-sample bias and corrections for conditional maximum-likelihood odds-ratio estimators

Biostatistics 1(1): 113-122

ISSN/ISBN: 1465-4644

PMID: 12933529

DOI: 10.1093/biostatistics/1.1.113

A number of small-sample corrections have been proposed for the conditional maximum-likelihood estimator of the odds ratio for matched pairs with a dichotomous exposure. I here contrast the rationale and performance of several corrections, specifically those that generalize easily to multiple conditional logistic regression. These corrections or Bayesian analyses with informative priors may serve as diagnostics for small-sample problems. Points are illustrated with a small exact performance comparison and with an example from a study of electrical wiring and childhood leukemia. The former comparison suggests that small-sample bias may be more prevalent than commonly realized.

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