Mean residual life function, or life expectancy, is an important function to characterize distribution of residual life. The proportional mean residual life model by Oakes and Dasu (1990) is a regression tool to study the association between life expectancy and its associated covariates. Although semiparametric inference procedures have been proposed in the literature, the accuracy of such procedures may be low when the censoring proportion is relatively large. In this paper, the semiparametric inference procedures are studied with an empirical likelihood ratio method. An empirical likelihood confidence region is constructed for the regression parameters. The proposed method is further compared with the normal approximation based method through a simulation study.
Ying Qing Chen and Yichuan Zhao. "A Note on Empirical Likelihood Inference of Residual Life Regression" 2004