Date of Award

Summer 7-15-2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mathematics and Statistics

First Advisor

Dr.Yichuan Zhao


Kendall and Gehan estimating functions are used to estimate the regression parameter in accelerated failure time (AFT) model with censored observations. The accelerated failure time model is the preferred survival analysis method because it maintains a consistent association between the covariate and the survival time. The jackknife empirical likelihood method is used because it overcomes computation difficulty by circumventing the construction of the nonlinear constraint. Jackknife empirical likelihood turns the statistic of interest into a sample mean based on jackknife pseudo-values. U-statistic approach is used to construct the confidence intervals for the regression parameter. We conduct a simulation study to compare the Wald-type procedure, the empirical likelihood, and the jackknife empirical likelihood in terms of coverage probability and average length of confidence intervals. Jackknife empirical likelihood method has a better performance and overcomes the under-coverage problem of the Wald-type method. A real data is also used to illustrate the proposed methods.


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