Convergent stochastic algorithm for parameter estimation in frailty models using integrated partial likelihood

Abstract : Frailty models are often the model of choice for heterogeneous survival data. A frailty model contains both random effects and fixed effects, with the random effects accommodating for the correlation in the data. Different estimation procedures have been proposed for the fixed effects and the variances of and covariances between the random effects. Especially with an unspecified baseline hazard, i.e., the Cox model, the few available methods deal only with a specific correlation structure. In this paper, an estimation procedure, based on the integrated partial likelihood, is introduced, which can generally deal with any kind of correlation structure. The new approach, namely the maximisation of the integrated partial likelihood, combined with a stochastic estimation procedure allows also for a wide choice of distributions for the random effects. First, we demonstrate the almost sure convergence of the stochastic algorithm towards a critical point of the integrated partial likelihood. Second, numerical convergence properties are evaluated by simulation. Third, the advantage of using an unspecified baseline hazard is demonstrated through application on cancer clinical trial data.
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Oodally Ajmal, Luc Duchateau, Estelle Kuhn. Convergent stochastic algorithm for parameter estimation in frailty models using integrated partial likelihood. 2019. ⟨hal-02288174⟩

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