Model Selection and Semiparametric Inference for Bivariate Failure-Time Data

Wei-Jing Wang*, Martin T. Wells

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We propose model selection procedures for bivariate survival models for censored data generated by the Archimedean copula family. In route to constructing the selection methodology, we develop estimates of some time-dependent association measures, including estimates of the local and global Kendall's tau, local odds ratio, and other measures defined throughout the literature. We propose a goodness-of-fit-based model selection methodology as well as a graphical approach. We show that the proposed methods have desirable asymptotic properties and perform well in finite samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-72
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American Statistical Association
Issue number449
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2000


  • Archimedean copula
  • Bivariate survival function
  • Frailty distribution
  • Kendall's tau
  • Model selection
  • Odds ratio estimation
  • Time-dependent association


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