A partially parametric estimator of survival in the presence of randomly censored data.

Abstract

Many biological or medical experiments have as their goal to estimate the survival function of a specified population of subjects when the time to the specified event may be censored due to loss to follow-up, the occurrence of another event that precludes the occurrence of the event of interest, or the study being terminated before the event of interest occurs. This paper suggests an improvement of the Kaplan-Meier product-limit estimator when the censoring mechanism is random. The proposed estimator treats the uncensored observations nonparametrically and uses a parametric model only for the censored observations. One version of this proposed estimator always has a smaller bias and mean squared error than the product-limit estimator. An example estimating the survival function of patients enrolled in the Ohio State University Bone Marrow Transplant Program is presented.

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@article{Klein1990APP, title={A partially parametric estimator of survival in the presence of randomly censored data.}, author={J P Klein and Shinwon Lee and Melvin L. Moeschberger}, journal={Biometrics}, year={1990}, volume={46 3}, pages={795-811} }