Date of Award

Summer 8-1-2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mathematics and Statistics

First Advisor

Dr. Xu Zhang

Second Advisor

Dr. Gengsheng Qin

Third Advisor

Dr. Yichuan Zhao


Many statistical methods for truncated data rely on the assumption that the failure and truncation time are independent, which can be unrealistic in applications. The study cohorts obtained from bone marrow transplant (BMT) registry data are commonly recognized as truncated samples, the time-to-failure is truncated by the transplant time. There are clinical evidences that a longer transplant waiting time is a worse prognosis of survivorship. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume the dependence between transplant and failure time. To better analyze BMT registry data, we utilize a Cox analysis in which the transplant time is both a truncation variable and a predictor of the time-to-failure. An inverse-probability-weighted (IPW) estimator is proposed to estimate the distribution of transplant time. Usefulness of the IPW approach is demonstrated through a simulation study and a real application.


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