Survival analysis: basic terms, the exponential model, censoring, examples in R and JAGS

May 13, 2015

(This article was first published on Petr Keil » R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

I have put together some basic material on survival analysis. It is available as:

  • .html document with highlighted syntax here.
  • Printer-ready .pdf document here.
  • GitHub repository with all the source files here.

Main motivation was that I wanted to learn the basics myself; also, it’s tricky to find simple examples of survival models fitted in Bayesian setting and there are few materials that combine theory with examples.

The material contains:

  • Mathematical formulations of key concepts of survival analysis.
  • Illustration of the exponential model of failure density.
  • Example of the exponential model fitting in R.
  • Example of the same model fitting in JAGS.
  • More complex model with censoring in JAGS.

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