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Activity Number: 87 - Survival and Longitudinal/Clustered Data Analysis
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, August 9, 2021 : 10:00 AM to 11:50 AM
Sponsor: Biometrics Section
Abstract #319083
Title: Semiparametric Analysis of Clustered Interval-Censored Survival Data Using Soft Bayesian Additive Regression Trees (SBART)
Author(s): Piyali Basak* and Antonio R Linero and Debajyoti Sinha and Stuart Lipsitz
Companies: Merck & Co., Inc and University of Texas at Austin and Florida State University and Brigham and Women's Hospital
Keywords: BART; Nonproportional Hazards; Semiparametric; Survival Analysis

Popular parametric and semiparametric hazards regression models for clustered survival data are inappropriate and inadequate when the unknown effects of different covariates and clustering are complex. For some survival studies involving time to occurrence of some asymptomatic events, survival times are typically interval censored. We develop a semiparametric hazards regression model by modeling the hazard function as a product of a parametric baseline hazard function and a nonparametric component that uses SBART (Soft Bayesian Additive Regression Trees or SBART (Linero and Yang, 2018)) to incorporate clustering, unknown functional forms of the main effects, and interaction effects of various covariates. In addition to being applicable for left, right, and interval-censored survival data, our methodology is implemented using a data augmentation scheme which allows for existing Bayesian backfitting algorithms to be used. We illustrate the practical implementation and advantages of our method via simulation studies and an analysis of a prostate cancer surgery study.

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