[R] parametric proportional hazard regression

Valentin Dimitrov vsdimitrov at yahoo.com
Sat Jul 8 14:24:05 CEST 2006

--- Frank E Harrell Jr <f.harrell at vanderbilt.edu>

> That will be a very strange model that I've never
> seen used before in 
> survival analysis.  Interpretation of parameters
> other than the hazard 
> ratio may be tricky.  Why do you need a
> nontraditional model such as this?
> Frank
> -- 
> Frank E Harrell Jr   Professor and Chair          
> School of Medicine
>                       Department of Biostatistics  
> Vanderbilt University

I am new to the field of survival analysis and my
first  text read on that topic is Franses/Paap,
Quantitative Models in Marketing Research, Chapter 8.
There the kind of models I describe are the standard
proportional hazard models. But also in Internet I
find texts which say something about parametric PH
models, where the baseline hazard can take some
specific form! See for instance:
The second part reads "parametric PH models" and there
is an example with the Weibull baseline distribution.
The log-likelihood is derived, too. The same could be
done with the other distributions I mentioned
(lognormal, loglogistic, exponential). 
Anyway, if you say these models are untraditional,
then maybe there is also no R-function for them...
In that case I'll write a R-code myself to fit them
using ML.

Kind regards,

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