Accession Number:

ADA089685

Title:

A New Method for Estimating Life Distributions from Incomplete Data.

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.,

Corporate Author:

FLORIDA STATE UNIV TALLAHASSEE DEPT OF STATISTICS

Report Date:

1980-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

We construct a new estimator for a continuous life distribution from incomplete data, the Piecewise Exponential Estimator PEXE. We show that the PEXE is strongly consistent under a mild restriction on the distribution of the censoring random variables possible non-identical and non-continuous. Then we consider the Product Limit Estimator PLE, introduced by Kaplan and Meier 1958. We prove the strong consistency of the PLE under a mild regularity condition on the distributions of the censoring random variables. This result extends previous ones obtained by various researchers. Finally we compare the new PEXE and traditional PLE. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Statistics and Probability

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE