Current status data with two competing risks and missing failure types: a parametric approach

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Research Article

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Journal of Applied Statistics


Missing cause of failure is a common problem in competing risks data. Here we consider a general missing pattern in which one observes a set of possible causes containing the true cause. In this work, we focus on the parametric analysis of current status data with two competing risks and the above-mentioned missing pattern. We make some simpler assumptions on the conditional probability of observing a set of possible causes of failure given the true cause and carry out maximum-likelihood estimation of the model parameters. Asymptotic properties of the maximum-likelihood estimators are also discussed. Simulation studies are performed to study the finite sample properties of the estimators and also to investigate the role of the monitoring time distribution. Finally, the method is illustrated through the analysis of a real data set.

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