A new article by the University of Pavia (UNIPV) has been launched in Biometrical Journal: "Bayesian time‐varying autoregressive models of COVID‐19 epidemics"
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of reliable statistical models which, based on the available data, can provide accurate forecasts and impact analysis of alternative policy measures. Here we propose Bayesian time-dependent Poisson autoregressive models that include time-varying coefficients to estimate the effect of policy covariates on disease counts. The model is applied to the observed series of new positive cases in Italy and in the United States. The results suggest that our proposed models are capable of capturing nonlinear growth of disease counts. We also find that policy measures and, in particular, closure policies and the distribution of vaccines, lead to a significant reduction in disease counts in both countries.
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