Estimation of the failure time distribution in the presence of informative censoring

Daniel O. Scharfstein, James M. Robins

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We present a method for estimating the survival curve of a continuous failure time random variable from right-censored data. Our method allows adjustment for informative censoring due to measured prognostic factors for time-to-event and censoring while simultaneously quantifying the sensitivity of the inference to residual dependence between failure and censoring due to unmeasured factors. We present the results of a simulation study and illustrate our approach using data from the AIDS Clinical Trial Group 175 study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)617-634
Number of pages18
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002


  • Coarsening at random
  • Competing risks
  • Curse of dimensionality
  • Inverse probability of censoring weighted estimation
  • Kaplan-Meier estimator
  • Sequential ignorability of censoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Mathematics(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Applied Mathematics


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