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Smoothing survival densities in practice

Gámiz Pérez, M. L., Martinez-Miranda, M. D. & Nielsen, J. P. (2013). Smoothing survival densities in practice. Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, 58(1), pp. 368-382. doi: 10.1016/j.csda.2012.09.011


Many nonparametric smoothing procedures consider independent identically distributed stochastic variables. There are also many important nonparametric smoothing applications where the data is more complicated. Survival data or filtered data, defined as following Aalen’s multiplicative hazard model and aggregated versions of this model, are considered. Aalen’s model based on counting process theory allows multiple left truncations and multiple right censoring to be present in the data. This type of filtering is omnipresent in biostatistical and demographical applications, where people can join a study, leave the study and perhaps join the study again. The estimation methodology is based on a recent class of local linear density estimators. A new stable bandwidth-selector is developed for these estimators. A data application to aggregated national mortality data is provided, where immigrations to and from the country correspond to respectively left truncation and right censoring. The aggregated mortality data study illustrates that the new practical density estimators provide an important extra element in the visual toolbox for understanding survival data.

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 58, February 2013, Pages 368–382,
Publisher Keywords: Aalen’s multiplicative model, bandwidth, crossvalidation, do-validation, filtered data, local linear estimation
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Departments: Bayes Business School > Actuarial Science & Insurance
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