Duco’s PhD project with Rens focusses on providing a solution to small data problems in latent growth curve models. With few data points, it can be impossible to estimate the model of interest. Yet asking a different (simplified) question the data can answer may not be desirable. The PhD project aims to elicit information from for instance, experts-by-experience, researchers and clinicians. The elicited information from the experts can be used as prior information in a Bayesian analysis. By incorporating this prior knowledge in the analysis, a model of interest can be fitted to provide an answer to the original research question.
The PhD project is part of the VIDI project of Rens van de Schoot (NWO-VIDI-452-14-006).