The Annals of Statistics

A Note on a Paper by Ferguson and Phadia

C. J. Wild and J. D. Kalbfleisch

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Ferguson and Phadia have recently discussed the nonparametric Bayesian estimation of a distribution function from a right-censored random sample using process priors that are neutral to the right. The more general problem of estimating the baseline distribution function with right censored data from the proportional hazards model has been studied by Kalbfleisch who uses the more restrictive class of gamma process priors. This note shows that, with a simple modification, the analysis of Ferguson and Phadia can be extended to deal with the proportional hazards situation with constant covariates. Extensions to time dependent covariates and other regression models are also considered.

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Ann. Statist., Volume 9, Number 5 (1981), 1061-1065.

First available in Project Euclid: 12 April 2007

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Primary: 62C10: Bayesian problems; characterization of Bayes procedures
Secondary: 62605 62P10: Applications to biology and medical sciences 60G57: Random measures

Bayesian nonparametric methods censored data Dirichlet process gamma process neutral-to-the-right processes proportional hazards model random probability measures survival time


Wild, C. J.; Kalbfleisch, J. D. A Note on a Paper by Ferguson and Phadia. Ann. Statist. 9 (1981), no. 5, 1061--1065. doi:10.1214/aos/1176345585.

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