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Bayesian analysis for comparison of nonlinear regression model parameters: an application to ruminal degradability data

DOI: 10.1590/S1516-35982010000200027

Keywords: bayesian inference, degradability, nonlinear models.

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this paper shows the bayesian approach as an alternative to the classical analysis of nonlinear models for ruminal degradation data. the data set was obtained from a latin square experimental design, established for testing the ruminal degradation of dry matter, crude protein and fiber in neutral detergent of three silages: elephant grass (pennisetum purpureum schum) with bacterial inoculant or enzyme-bacterial inoculant and corn silage (zea mays l.). the incubation times were 0, 2, 6, 12, 24, 48, 72 and 96 hours. the parameter estimates of the equations fitted by both methods showed small differences, but by the bayesian approach it was possible to compare the estimates correctly, that does not happen with the frequentist methodology because it is much more restricted in the applications due to the demand for a larger number of presuppositions.

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