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A two-component Weibull mixture to model early and late mortality in a Bayesian framework

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A two-component Weibull mixture to model early and late mortality in a Bayesian framework
A two component parametric mixture is proposed to model survival after an invasive treatment, when patients may experience different hazards regimes: a risk of early mortality directly related to the treatment and/or the treated condition, and a risk of late death influenced by several exogenous factors. The parametric mixture is based on Weibull distributions for both components. Different sets of covariates can affect the Weibull scale parameters and the probability of belonging to one of the two latent classes. A logarithmic function is used to link explanatory variables to scale parameters while a logistic link is assumed for the probability of the latent classes. Inference about unknown parameters is developed in a Bayesian framework: point and interval estimates are based on posterior distributions, whereas the Schwarz criterion is used for testing hypotheses. The advantages of the approach are illustrated analyzing data from an aorta aneurysm study. Key words: Accelerated failu...
Alessio Farcomeni, Alessandra Nardi
Added 09 Dec 2010
Updated 09 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2010
Where CSDA
Authors Alessio Farcomeni, Alessandra Nardi
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