A lifetime asymptotic growth curve for human height

Biometrics. 1988 Dec;44(4):995-1003.


A new seven-parameter asymptotic growth curve has been applied to longitudinal data on the height of 13 boys and 14 girls from 1 month to 19 years of age. The residual sums of squares with this new curve were 7.5 times lower on the average than with the currently-used five-parameter curve No. 1 of Preece and Baines (1978, Annals of Human Biology 5, 1-24) and 2.4 times lower than with the recent six-parameter curve of Shohoji and Sasaki (1987, Growth 51, 432-450). The new curve is expressed with respect to total age, passes through the origin, and fits infants as satisfactorily as older children.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Biometry
  • Body Height*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Growth*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Models, Biological
  • Models, Statistical*