Current Status Data: An Illustration with Data on Avalanche Victims

Authored by: Nicholas P. Jewell , Ruth Emerson

Handbook of Survival Analysis

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781466555662
eBook ISBN: 9781466555679
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Current status data provides information on the survival status of individuals at single screening times rather than standard observation, possibly right-censored, of failure times. It thus represents an extreme form of interval censoring where censoring intervals are either [0,C] or(C, ∞)where C represents the screening time on an appropriate timescale. Considerable attention has been given to estimation of a survival function based on such data, often supplemented by estimation of regression coefficients from a variety of standard models in the context where observed covariates influence survival characteristics. We here review these methods using a particularly accessible example on mortality of avalanche victims to motivate and illustrate methods, assumptions and results.

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