We consider bivariate survival times for heterogeneous populations, where heterogeneity induces deviations in an individual's risk of an event as well as associations between survival times. The heterogeneity is characterized by a bivariate frailty model. We measure the heterogeneity effects through deviations associated with hazard functions and an association function defined through the conditional hazard functions: the cross-ratio function proposed by Oakes. We show how the deviation and association measures are determined by the frailty distribution. A Gibbs sampling method is developed for Bayesian inferences on regression coefficients, frailty parameters and the heterogeneity measures. The method is applied to a mental health care data set.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Statistics in Medicine|
|State||Published - Apr 30 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistics and Probability