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Logistic regression, survival analysis, and the Kaplan-Meier curve. (English) Zbl 0644.62100
We discuss the use of standard logistic regression techniques to estimate hazard rates and survival curves from censored data. These techniques allow the statistician to use parametric regression modeling on censored data in a flexible way that provides both estimates and standard errors. An example is given that demonstrates the increased structure that can be seen in a parametric analysis, as compared with the nonparametric Kaplan- Meier survival curves. In fact, the logistic regression estimates are closely related to Kaplan-Meier curves, and approach the Kaplan-Meier estimate as the number of parameters grows large.

62N05 Reliability and life testing
62G05 Nonparametric estimation
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