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Empirical likelihood for the difference of two survival functions under right censorship


  • Shen, Junshan
  • He, Shuyuan


For right censored data, empirical likelihood method is used to construct the confidence band for the difference of two survival functions. The empirical log-likelihood ratio is derived and its asymptotic distribution is obtained. Simulation studies show that the likelihood confidence band based on the empirical likelihood method performed better than that of the Hall-Wellner type band in terms of the coverage accuracy, especially for small size of observation.

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  • Shen, Junshan & He, Shuyuan, 2006. "Empirical likelihood for the difference of two survival functions under right censorship," Statistics & Probability Letters, Elsevier, vol. 76(2), pages 169-181, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:stapro:v:76:y:2006:i:2:p:169-181

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    1. Nubyra Ahmed & Sundarraman Subramanian, 2016. "Semiparametric simultaneous confidence bands for the difference of survival functions," Lifetime Data Analysis: An International Journal Devoted to Statistical Methods and Applications for Time-to-Event Data, Springer, vol. 22(4), pages 504-530, October.
    2. Yang, Hanfang & Zhao, Yichuan, 2012. "Smoothed empirical likelihood for ROC curves with censored data," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 109(C), pages 254-263.
    3. Zhou, Mai & Zhu, Shihong, 2015. "Empirical likelihood confidence band for the difference of survival functions under proportional hazards model," Statistics & Probability Letters, Elsevier, vol. 107(C), pages 228-235.
    4. Zhao, Yichuan & Zhao, Meng, 2011. "Empirical likelihood for the contrast of two hazard functions with right censoring," Statistics & Probability Letters, Elsevier, vol. 81(3), pages 392-401, March.
    5. Zhao, Meng & Zhao, Yichuan & McKeague, Ian W., 2015. "Empirical likelihood inference for the odds ratio of two survival functions under right censoring," Statistics & Probability Letters, Elsevier, vol. 107(C), pages 304-312.


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