Threshold dose-response models in toxicology

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After a brief discussion of the threshold concept in toxicology, we consider models for the estimation of thresholds in the case where the observed response is binary or quantal. A generalization of the four-parameter Tukey-lambda family of distributions is proposed as a useful class of models for threshold estimation. Properties of these models are discussed and the process of model fitting and evaluation is illustrated using a number of data sets. The discussion includes consideration of background or spontaneous response, and comparison with other models. One of these is the linear-plateau or hockey-stick model, which has been used in a number of toxicological studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)511-523
Number of pages13
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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