Nonparametric Estimation from Incomplete Observations

  title={Nonparametric Estimation from Incomplete Observations},
  author={Edward L. Kaplan and Paul Meier},
  journal={Journal of the American Statistical Association},
  • E. Kaplan, P. Meier
  • Published 1 June 1958
  • Mathematics
  • Journal of the American Statistical Association
Abstract In lifetesting, medical follow-up, and other fields the observation of the time of occurrence of the event of interest (called a death) may be prevented for some of the items of the sample by the previous occurrence of some other event (called a loss). Losses may be either accidental or controlled, the latter resulting from a decision to terminate certain observations. In either case it is usually assumed in this paper that the lifetime (age at death) is independent of the potential… 

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