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Bandwidth selection in marker dependent kernel hazard estimation

Gámiz Pérez, M. L., Janys, L., Martinez-Miranda, M. D. & Nielsen, J. P. (2013). Bandwidth selection in marker dependent kernel hazard estimation. Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, 68, pp. 155-169. doi: 10.1016/j.csda.2013.06.010


Practical estimation procedures for the local linear estimation of an unrestricted failure rate when more information is available than just time are developed. This extra information could be a covariate and this covariate could be a time series. Time dependent covariates are sometimes called markers, and failure rates are sometimes called hazards, intensities or mortalities. It is shown through simulations and a practical example that the fully local linear estimation procedure exhibits an excellent practical performance. Two different bandwidth selection procedures are developed. One is an adaptation of classical cross-validation, and the other one is indirect cross-validation. The simulation study concludes that classical cross-validation works well on continuous data while indirect cross-validation performs only marginally better. However, cross-validation breaks down in the practical data application to old-age mortality. Indirect cross-validation is thus shown to be superior when selecting a fully feasible estimation method for marker dependent hazard estimation.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Computational Statistics & Data Analysis. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Volume 68, December 2013, Pages 155–169,
Publisher Keywords: Local linear estimation, Bandwidth, Cross-validation, Indirect cross-validation, Aalen’s multiplicative model, Survival
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Departments: Bayes Business School > Actuarial Science & Insurance
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