Subgroup Analysis of Survival Data With Interval Censoring and Time Varying Covariates
- Author(s): Brannan, Michael Tyler
- Advisor(s): Li, Yehua Li
- et al.
We developed a model that performs unsupervised clustering of survival times in a jointsurvival-longitudinal framework with known longitudinal trajectories and all forms of censoring and truncation. The model allows for data that is observed, left censored, right censored, interval censored, along with all forms of truncation. From simulation studies, the model correctly identifies the parameter estimates in any level of censoring quickly. When clustering is present, we use variations of AIC and BIC for identifying the correct number of clusters. From simulation studies, we find that BIC correctly identifies the right number of clusters within multiple levels of censoring greater than 90% of the time along with correctly estimating the parameter estimates. All the analysis is performed in the R package currently being developed, which performs the analysis relatively quickly. We applied the model to the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN) dataset. We used this data set for detecting Alzheimer's disease and to decipher what covariates are linked to an increased risk for developing Alzheimer's disease.