concordance {survival}  R Documentation 
The concordance statistic compute the agreement between an observed response and a predictor. It is closely related to Kendall's taua and taub, Goodman's gamma, and Somers' d, all of which can also be calculated from the results of this function.
concordance(object, ...)
## S3 method for class 'formula'
concordance(object, data, weights, subset, na.action,
cluster, ymin, ymax, timewt= c("n", "S", "S/G", "n/G2", "I"),
influence=0, ranks = FALSE, reverse=FALSE, timefix=TRUE, keepstrata=10, ...)
## S3 method for class 'lm'
concordance(object, ..., newdata, cluster, ymin, ymax,
influence=0, ranks=FALSE, timefix=TRUE, keepstrata=10)
## S3 method for class 'coxph'
concordance(object, ..., newdata, cluster, ymin, ymax,
timewt= c("n", "S", "S/G", "n/G2", "I"), influence=0,
ranks=FALSE, timefix=TRUE, keepstrata=10)
## S3 method for class 'survreg'
concordance(object, ..., newdata, cluster, ymin, ymax,
timewt= c("n", "S", "S/G", "n/G2", "I"), influence=0,
ranks=FALSE, timefix=TRUE, keepstrata=10)
object 
a fitted model or a formula. The formula should be of
the form 
data 
a data.frame in which to interpret the variables named in
the 
weights 
optional vector of case weights.
Only applicable if 
subset 
expression indicating which subset of the rows of data should be used in
the fit. Only applicable if 
na.action 
a missingdata filter function. This is applied to the model.frame
after any subset argument has been used. Default is

... 
multiple fitted models are allowed. Only applicable if

newdata 
optional, a new data frame in which to evaluate (but not refit) the models 
cluster 
optional grouping vector for calculating the robust variance 
ymin , ymax 
compute the concordance over the restricted range ymin <= y <= ymax. (For survival data this is a time range.) 
timewt 
the weighting to be applied. The overall statistic is a weighted mean over event times. 
influence 
1= return the dfbeta vector, 2= return the full influence matrix, 3 = return both 
ranks 
if TRUE, return a data frame containing the scaled ranks that make up the overall score. 
reverse 
if TRUE then assume that larger 
timefix 
correct for possible rounding error. See the vignette on tied times for more explanation. Essentially, exact ties are an important part of the concordance computatation, but "exact" can be a subtle issue with floating point numbers. 
keepstrata 
either TRUE, FALSE, or an integer value.
Computations are always done within stratum, then added. If the
total number of strata greater than 
The concordance is an estimate of
Pr(x_i < x_j  y_i < y_j)
,
for a model fit replace x
with \hat y
, the
predicted response from the model.
For a survival outcome some pairs of values
are not comparable, e.g., censored at time 5 and a death at time 6,
as we do not know if the first observation will or will not outlive
the second. In this case the total number of evaluable pairs is smaller.
Relatations to other statistics: For continuous x and y, 2C 1 is equal to Somers' d. If the response is binary, C is equal to the area under the receiver operating curve or AUC. For a survival response and binary predictor C is the numerator of the GehanWilcoxon test.
A naive compuation requires adding up over all n(n1)/2 comparisons,
which can be quite slow for large data sets.
This routine uses an O(n log(n)) algorithm.
At each uncensored event time y, compute the rank of x for the subject
who had the event as compared to the x values for all others with a longer
survival, where the rank has value between 0 and 1.
The concordance is a weighted mean of these ranks,
determined by the timewt
option. The rank vector can be
efficiently updated as subjects are added to the risk set.
For further details see the vignette.
The variance is based on an infinetesimal jackknife. One advantage of this approach is that it also gives a valid covariance for the covariance based on multiple different predicted values, even if those predictions come from quite different models. See for instance the example below which has a poisson and two nonnested Cox models. This has been useful to compare a machine learning model to a Cox model fit, say. It is absolutely critical, however, that the predicted values line up exactly, with the same observation in each row; otherwise the result will be nonsense. (Be alert to the impact of missing values.)
The timewt
option is only applicable to censored data. In this
case the default corresponds to Harrell's C statistic, which is
closely related to the GehanWilcoxon test;
timewt="S"
corrsponds to the PetoWilcoxon,
timewt="S/G"
is suggested by Schemper, and
timewt="n/G2"
corresponds to Uno's C.
It turns out that the Schemper and Uno weights are computationally
identical, we have retained both option labels as a user convenience.
The timewt= "I"
option is related to the logrank
statistic.
When the number of strata is very large, such as in a conditional
logistic regression for instance (clogit
function), a much
faster computation is available when the individual strata results
are not retained; use keepstrata=FALSE
or keepstrata=0
to do so. In the general case the keepstrata = 10
default simply keeps the printout managable: it retains and prints
perstrata counts if the number of strata is <= 10.
An object of class concordance
containing the following
components:
concordance 
the estimated concordance value or values 
count 
a vector containing the number of concordant pairs, discordant, tied on x but not y, tied on y but not x, and tied on both x and y 
n 
the number of observations 
var 
a vector containing the estimated variance of the concordance based on the infinitesimal jackknife (IJ) method. If there are multiple models it contains the estimtated variance/covariance matrix. 
cvar 
a vector containing the estimated variance(s) of the
concordance values, based on the variance formula for the associated
score test from a proportional hazards model. (This was the primary
variance used in the 
dfbeta 
optional, the vector of leverage estimates for the concordance 
influence 
optional, the matrix of leverage values for each of the counts, one row per observation 
ranks 
optional, a data frame containing the Somers' d rank at each event time, along with the time weight, and the case weight of the observation. The time weighted sum of the ranks will equal concordant pairs  discordant pairs. 
A coxph model that has a numeric failure may have undefined predicted values, in which case the concordance will be NULL.
Computation for an existing coxph model along with newdata
has
some subtleties with respect to extra arguments in the original call.
These include
tt() terms in the model. This is not supported with newdata.
subset. Any subset clause in the original call is ignored, i.e., not applied to the new data.
strata() terms in the model. The new data is expected to have the strata variable(s) found in the original data set, with concordance computed within strata. The levels of the strata variable need not be the same as in the original data.
id or cluster directives. This has not yet been sorted out.
Terry Therneau
F Harrell, R Califf, D Pryor, K Lee and R Rosati, Evaluating the yield of medical tests, J Am Medical Assoc, 1982.
R Peto and J Peto, Asymptotically efficient rank invariant test procedures (with discussion), J Royal Stat Soc A, 1972.
M Schemper, Cox analysis of survival data with nonproportional hazard functions, The Statistician, 1992.
H Uno, T Cai, M Pencina, R D'Agnostino and Lj Wei, On the Cstatistics for evaluating overall adequacy of risk prediction procedures with censored survival data, Statistics in Medicine, 2011.
fit1 < coxph(Surv(ptime, pstat) ~ age + sex + mspike, mgus2)
concordance(fit1, timewt="n/G2") # Uno's weighting
# logistic regression
fit2 < glm(I(sex=='M') ~ age + log(creatinine), binomial, data= flchain)
concordance(fit2) # equal to the AUC
# compare multiple models
options(na.action = na.exclude) # predict all 1384 obs, including missing
fit3 < glm(pstat ~ age + sex + mspike + offset(log(ptime)),
poisson, data= mgus2)
fit4 < coxph(Surv(ptime, pstat) ~ age + sex + mspike, mgus2)
fit5 < coxph(Surv(ptime, pstat) ~ age + sex + hgb + creat, mgus2)
tdata < mgus2; tdata$ptime < 60 # prediction at 60 months
p3 < predict(fit3, newdata=tdata)
p4 < predict(fit4) # high risk scores predict shorter survival
p5 < predict(fit5)
options(na.action = na.omit) # return to the R default
cfit < concordance(Surv(ptime, pstat) ~p3 + p4 + p5, mgus2)
cfit
round(coef(cfit), 3)
round(cov2cor(vcov(cfit)), 3) # high correlation
test < c(1, 1, 0) # contrast vector for model 1  model 2
round(c(difference = test %*% coef(cfit),
sd= sqrt(test %*% vcov(cfit) %*% test)), 3)