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Activity Number: 390
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Bayesian Statistical Science
Abstract - #307536
Title: A Dynamic Approach for the Piecewise Exponential Model with Random Time Grid
Author(s): Dipak K. Dey*+
Companies: University of Connecticut
Address: 215 glenbrook Road, Storrs, CT, 06269-4120,
Keywords: Bayesian inference ; Product Partition Model ; MCMC methods ; Model comparison

A novel fully Bayesian approach for modeling survival data with explanatory variables using the Piecewise Exponential Model (PEM) with random time grid is proposed. We consider a class of correlated Gamma prior distributions for the failure rates. Such prior specification is obtained via the dynamic generalized modeling approach jointly with a random time grid for the PEM. A product distribution is considered for modeling the prior uncertainty about the random time grid, turning possible use of the structure of the Product Partition Model (PPM) to handle the problem. A unifying notation for the construction of the likelihood function of the PEM, suitable for both static and dynamic modeling approaches, is considered. Procedures to evaluate the performance of the proposed model are presented. The use of the new methodology is exemplified by the analysis of a real data set on survival.

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