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Estimating time to pregnancy from current durations in a cross-sectional sample. (English) Zbl 1138.62353
Summary: A new design for estimating the distribution of time to pregnancy is proposed and investigated. The design is based on recording current durations in a cross-sectional sample of women, leading to statistical problems similar to estimating renewal time distributions from backward recurrence times. Nonparametric estimation is studied in some detail and a parametric approach is indicated. The results are illustrated on Monte Carlo simulations and on data from a recent European collaborative study. The role and applicability of this approach is discussed.

MSC:
62P10 Applications of statistics to biology and medical sciences; meta analysis
62G05 Nonparametric estimation
62N02 Estimation in survival analysis and censored data
65C05 Monte Carlo methods
60K10 Applications of renewal theory (reliability, demand theory, etc.)
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