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Activity Number: 86
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Sunday, July 31, 2016 : 4:00 PM to 5:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Nonparametric Statistics
Abstract #319823
Title: Two-Sample Inference on Quantile Lost Lifespan
Author(s): Lauren Balmert* and Jong-Hyeon Jeong
Companies: University of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh
Keywords: Censoring ; Lost Lifespan ; Residual Life ; Survival Analysis ; Time to event

In this paper, the existing concept of reversed percentile residual life, or percentile inactivity time, is recast to show that it can be used for routine analysis of time-to-event data under right censoring to summarize "life lost", which poses several advantages over the existing methods for survival analysis. An estimating equation approach is adopted to avoid estimation of the probability density function of the underlying true time-to-event distribution to estimate the variance of the quantile estimator. A K-sample test statistic is proposed to test the ratio of the quantile lost lifespans. Simulation studies are performed to assess finite properties of the proposed K-sample statistic in terms of coverage probability and power. The proposed method is illustrated with a real data example from a breast cancer study. Future research will include the extension of the proposed two-sample method to a regression setting.

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