Collapsibility of Association measures

Collapsibility deals with the conditions under which a conditional (on a covariate W) measure of association between two random variables Y and X equals the marginal measure of association. We have discussed the average collapsibility of certain well-known measures of association, and also with respect to a new measure of association. The concept of average collapsibility is more general than collapsibility, and requires that the conditional average of an association measure equals the corresponding marginal measure. Sufficient conditions for the average collapsibility of the association measures are obtained. Some interesting counter-examples are constructed and applications to linear, Poisson, logistic and negative binomial regression models are discussed. An extension to the case of multivariate covariate W is also analyzed. The collapsibility conditions of some dependence measures for survival models are also investigated and illustrated them for the case of linear transformation models.