Bayesian accelerated failure time analysis with application to veterinary epidemiology

Edward J. Bedrick, Ronald Christensen, Wesley O. Johnson

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Standard methods for analysing survival data with covariates rely on asymptotic inferences. Bayesian methods can be performed using simple computations and are applicable for any sample size. We propose a practical method for making prior specifications and discuss a complete Bayesian analysis for parametric accelerated failure time regression models. We emphasize inferences for the survival curve rather than regression coefficients. A key feature of the Bayesian framework is that model comparisons for various choices of baseline distribution are easily handled by the calculation of Bayes factors. Such comparisons between non-nested models are difficult in the frequentist setting. We illustrate diagnostic tools and examine the sensitivity of the Bayesian methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-237
Number of pages17
JournalStatistics in Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 30 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Statistics and Probability


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