Testing order restricted hypotheses with proportional hazards.


Inferences for survival curves based on right censored continuous or grouped data are studied. Testing homogeneity with an ordered restricted alternative and testing the order restriction as the null hypothesis are considered. Under a proportional hazards model, the ordering on the survival curves corresponds to an ordering on the regression coefficients. Approximate likelihood methods are obtained by applying order restricted procedures to the estimates of the regression coefficients. Ordered analogues to the log rank test which are based on the score statistics are considered also. Chi-bar-squared distributions, which have been studied extensively, are shown to provide reasonable approximations to the null distributions of these tests statistics. Using Monte Carlo techniques, the powers of these two types of tests are compared with those that are available in the literature.

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@article{Singh1996TestingOR, title={Testing order restricted hypotheses with proportional hazards.}, author={Bichar Singh and F. T. Wright}, journal={Lifetime data analysis}, year={1996}, volume={2 4}, pages={363-89} }