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Rank-based inference for the accelerated failure time model. (English) Zbl 1034.62103
Summary: A broad class of rank-based monotone estimating functions is developed for the semiparametric accelerated failure time model with censored observations. The corresponding estimators can be obtained via linear programming, and are shown to be consistent and asymptotically normal. The limiting covariance matrices can be estimated by a resampling technique, which does not involve nonparametric density estimation or numerical derivatives. The new estimators represent consistent roots of the non-monotone estimating equations based on the familiar weighted log-rank statistics. Simulation studies demonstrate that the proposed methods perform well in practical settings. Two real examples are provided.

62N05 Reliability and life testing
62N01 Censored data models
62N02 Estimation in survival analysis and censored data
90C90 Applications of mathematical programming
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