predict.coxph {survival} | R Documentation |

## Predictions for a Cox model

### Description

Compute fitted values and regression terms for a model fitted by
`coxph`

### Usage

```
## S3 method for class 'coxph'
predict(object, newdata,
type=c("lp", "risk", "expected", "terms", "survival"),
se.fit=FALSE, na.action=na.pass, terms=names(object$assign), collapse,
reference=c("strata", "sample", "zero"), ...)
```

### Arguments

`object` |
the results of a coxph fit. |

`newdata` |
Optional new data at which to do predictions. If absent predictions are for the data frame used in the original fit. When coxph has been called with a formula argument created in another context, i.e., coxph has been called within another function and the formula was passed as an argument to that function, there can be problems finding the data set. See the note below. |

`type` |
the type of predicted value.
Choices are the linear predictor ( |

`se.fit` |
if TRUE, pointwise standard errors are produced for the predictions. |

`na.action` |
applies only when the |

`terms` |
if type="terms", this argument can be used to specify which terms should be included; the default is all. |

`collapse` |
optional vector of subject identifiers. If specified, the output will contain one entry per subject rather than one entry per observation. |

`reference` |
reference for centering predictions, see details below |

`...` |
For future methods |

### Details

The Cox model is a *relative* risk model; predictions
of type "linear predictor", "risk", and "terms" are all
relative to the sample from which they came. By default, the reference
value for each of these is the mean covariate within strata.
The underlying reason is both statistical and practial.
First, a Cox model only predicts relative risks
between pairs of subjects within the same strata, and hence the addition
of a constant to any covariate, either overall or only within a
particular stratum, has no effect on the fitted results.
Second, downstream calculations depend on the risk score exp(linear
predictor), which will fall prey to numeric overflow for a linear
predictor greater than `.Machine\$double.max.exp`

.
The `coxph`

routines try to approximately center the predictors out
of self protection.
Using the `reference="strata"`

option is the safest centering,
since strata occassionally have different means.
When the results of `predict`

are used in further calculations it
may be desirable to use a single reference level for all observations.
Use of `reference="sample"`

will use the overall means, and agrees
with the `linear.predictors`

component of the coxph object (which
uses the overall mean for backwards compatability with older code).
Predictions of `type="terms"`

are almost invariably passed
forward to further calculation, so for these we default to using
the sample as the reference.
A reference of `"zero"`

causes no centering to be done.

Predictions of type "expected" incorporate the baseline hazard and are
thus absolute instead of relative; the
`reference`

option has no effect on these.
These values depend on the follow-up time for the future subjects as
well as covariates so the `newdata`

argument needs to include both
the right and *left* hand side variables from the formula.
(The status variable will not be used, but is required since the
underlying code needs to reconstruct the entire formula.)

Models that contain a `frailty`

term are a special case: due
to the technical difficulty, when there is a `newdata`

argument the
predictions will always be for a random effect of zero.

### Value

a vector or matrix of predictions, or a list containing the predictions (element "fit") and their standard errors (element "se.fit") if the se.fit option is TRUE.

### Note

Some predictions can be obtained directly from the coxph object, and for
others it is necessary for the routine to have the entirety of the
original data set, e.g., for type = `terms`

or if standard errors
are requested.
This extra information is saved in the coxph object if
`model=TRUE`

, if not the original data is reconstructed.
If it is known that such residuals will be required overall execution will be
slightly faster if the model information is saved.

In some cases the reconstruction can fail.
The most common is when coxph has been called inside another function
and the formula was passed as one of the arguments to that enclosing
function. Another is when the data set has changed between the original
call and the time of the prediction call.
In each of these the simple solution is to add `model=TRUE`

to the
original coxph call.

### See Also

### Examples

```
options(na.action=na.exclude) # retain NA in predictions
fit <- coxph(Surv(time, status) ~ age + ph.ecog + strata(inst), lung)
#lung data set has status coded as 1/2
mresid <- (lung$status-1) - predict(fit, type='expected') #Martingale resid
predict(fit,type="lp")
predict(fit,type="expected")
predict(fit,type="risk",se.fit=TRUE)
predict(fit,type="terms",se.fit=TRUE)
# For someone who demands reference='zero'
pzero <- function(fit)
predict(fit, reference="sample") + sum(coef(fit) * fit$means, na.rm=TRUE)
```

*survival*version 3.6-4 Index]