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OMEGA BLOCK with mixture model?

From: nele.plock
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 17:08:42 +0200

Dear all,

I am trying to fit a PK model to oral data. In the data, we observed two
things: First, CL seems to be negatively correlated with F1. Secondly,
there seem to be two subpopulations in the exposure, let's say a large
group with 'normal' and a second group with high exposure. I would like to
identify the subpopulations using a mixture model, but keep the
correlation between CL and F1. Now I ran into problems when coding the
$OMEGA BLOCK.

I figured the block to be something like:
$OMEGA BLOCK(3)
0.1 ;CL1
0 FIX 0.1 ;CL2
0.01 0.01 0.1 ;F1

The error message that appears is:
a covariance is zero, but the block is not a band matrix

I assume that this means that I am not allowed to fix the correlation
between the two clearance-omegas to zero. However, it would be
unreasonable to allow a correlation, because the omegas belong to
different subpopulations, so there can't be a correlation. On the other
hand, I did not include subpopulations for F1, so how can I keep this
correlation to both CL-subgroups?

Any thoughts on this would be highly appreciated!
Best wishes
Nele
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Dr. Nele Plock
Pharmacometrics -- Modeling and Simulation

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