Longitudinal study of facial growth

Price, Anna (2013) Longitudinal study of facial growth. MSc(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

The statistical analysis of shape is an area with wide applications. The field of facial shape analysis is particularly interesting because the human face has such a complex shape. This thesis investigates the change in the facial shape of a cohort of children, whose faces were photographed 6 times between the ages of 3 months and 12 years providing a normative control group for potential future comparisons. Chapter 1 provides an introduction to the data, detailing the background and motivation for the longitudinal study. The aims of this thesis are outlines. Chapter 2 describes the study design and data in detail. The process of data collection, both in the original study and the 12-year follow-up, is explained and the resulting data is explained. Issues that arose with data collection and the resulting data are introduced and discussed. In Chapter 3 the theory of various statistical shape analysis methods is described in detail, including Procrustes Analysis and Principal Component Analysis. Chapter 4 develops and discusses methods of automatic curve identification, as well as providing the theory of the shape index and methods of fitting curves such as p-splines and principal curves. Chapter 5 details the longitudinal analysis of the control data. Statistical methods such as Procrustes Matching and Linear Mixed Effect models are implemented to discover change in facial shape over time. In Chapter 6 the findings of the thesis are discussed, as well as the limitations of the data and the statistical methods used. Further work which would be of interest in the future is proposed.

Item Type: Thesis (MSc(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Colleges/Schools: College of Science and Engineering > School of Mathematics and Statistics > Statistics
Funder's Name: UNSPECIFIED
Supervisor's Name: Bowman, Professor Adrian
Date of Award: 2013
Depositing User: Miss Anna Helen Price
Unique ID: glathesis:2013-5088
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2014 11:00
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2014 11:00
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/5088

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