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Illustration of the Flexibility of Generalized Gamma Distribution in Modeling Right Censored Survival Data: Analysis of Two Cancer Datasets

Illustration of the Flexibility of Generalized Gamma Distribution in Modeling Right Censored... In this paper, our main objective is to illustrate the flexibility of the wider class of generalized gamma distribution to model right censored survival data. This distribution contains the commonly used gamma, Weibull, and lognormal distributions as particular cases and this flexibility allows us to carry out a model discrimination, within its class, to choose a lifetime distribution that provides the best fit to a given data. A detailed Monte Carlo simulation study is carried out to display the flexibility of the generalized distribution using likelihood ratio test and information-based criteria. The maximum likelihood estimates of the parameters are obtained by using inbuilt optimization techniques available in R statistical software. We also display the performance of the estimation technique by calculating the bias, mean square error, and coverage probabilities of the confidence intervals for different confidence levels. Finally, we illustrate the advantage of using the generalized gamma distribution using two real datasets and we motivate the use of an extended version of the generalized gamma distribution. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annals of Data Science Springer Journals

Illustration of the Flexibility of Generalized Gamma Distribution in Modeling Right Censored Survival Data: Analysis of Two Cancer Datasets

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2019
Subject
Business and Management; Business and Management, general; Statistics for Business, Management, Economics, Finance, Insurance; Artificial Intelligence
ISSN
2198-5804
eISSN
2198-5812
DOI
10.1007/s40745-019-00224-5
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Abstract

In this paper, our main objective is to illustrate the flexibility of the wider class of generalized gamma distribution to model right censored survival data. This distribution contains the commonly used gamma, Weibull, and lognormal distributions as particular cases and this flexibility allows us to carry out a model discrimination, within its class, to choose a lifetime distribution that provides the best fit to a given data. A detailed Monte Carlo simulation study is carried out to display the flexibility of the generalized distribution using likelihood ratio test and information-based criteria. The maximum likelihood estimates of the parameters are obtained by using inbuilt optimization techniques available in R statistical software. We also display the performance of the estimation technique by calculating the bias, mean square error, and coverage probabilities of the confidence intervals for different confidence levels. Finally, we illustrate the advantage of using the generalized gamma distribution using two real datasets and we motivate the use of an extended version of the generalized gamma distribution.

Journal

Annals of Data ScienceSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 31, 2020

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