STAT 432/532: Survival Analysis
- Ivan Mizera
Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2:30-4:00(pm)
- TIME AND VENUE
- TR 12:30-1:50(pm)
T BW 2
- CALENDAR DESCRIPTION AND PREREQUISITES
STAT 432: Survival models, model estimation from complete and
incomplete data samples, parametric survival models with concomitant
variables, estimation of life tables from general population data.
Prerequisite: STAT 372 and 378.
STAT 532: Survival and hazard functions, censoring, truncation.
Non-parametric, parametric and semi-parametric approaches to survival
analysis including Kaplan-Meier estimation and Cox's proportional
hazards model. Prerequisite: STAT 372 or consent of Department.
- COURSE OBJECTIVES
To acquire proper understanding and working knowledge of computable
methods used for the analysis of time-to-event (survival, failure)
data - and for STAT 532 graduates, also some knowledge about their
deeper mathematical underpinning.
Survival Analysis Using S: Analysis of Time-to-Event Data
Mara Tableman, Jong Sung Kim, Chapman & Hall/CRC, 2003.
Applied Survival Analysis: Regression Modeling of Time to Event Data,
2nd Edition, by David W. Hosmer Jr., Stanley Lemeshow, Susanne May,
Applied Survival Analysis Using R, by Dirk F. Moore, Springer, 2016.
Survival and event history analysis: a process point of view, by
Odd O. Aalen, Ornulf Borgan, Hakon K. Gjessing, Springer, 2008.
Modeling Survival Data: Extending the Cox Model, by Terry N. Therneau
and Patricia M. Grambsch, Springer, 2000.
- Specifics of survival data and objectives of their analyses.
Censoring, truncation, their types and aspects. Extensions.
- Basic quantities for discrete (mortality tables) and general data
(survival function, hazard functions).
- Likelihood methods. Kaplan-Meier, Nelson(-Aalen),
Fleming-Harrington estimators. Greenwood formula.
- Parametric modeling: relevant distributions and their properties,
- Inclusion of covariates, generalized linear models.
- Accelerated time model.
- Cox model of proportional hazards.
- Model checking and diagnostics, residuals.
- Frailty and competing risks models.
- GRADING POLICY
The raw cumulative score will be computed from the
STAT 432: homework assignments (40%),
midterm examination (22%),
and the final examination (38%).
homework assignments (30%),
course project and its presentation (10%)
midterm examination (22%) ,
and the final examination (38%).
The scores thus obtained will determine the final grade in the
following manner: those who achieve 91% or more will
get A; 76% or more qualifies for B; 61% or
more guarantees C, and 51% or more the passing
grade D. Fine distinctions (+ and -) will be determined from
the relative position of the student's score; also, one or several of
the above cutpoints may be lowered if circumstances render it
Grades are unofficial until approved by the Department and/or Faculty
offering the course. Samples of past or representative evaluative
course material will be made available through the course web page.
- CLASS PARTICIPATION
Students are supposed to attend all classes and actively participate
in discussions and other class activities.
- HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS
About 4-6 assignments are planned: they will contain both theoretical
and computational problems. The latter (not necessarily the former,
however) should be printed, all necessary pictures embedded in the
text. Code should be included as an appendix.
Examination are closed-book, closed-notes, without any access to the
internet; to prevent misunderstandings, cellphones, laptops and
similar electronic devices are not to be brought to the exams. The
questions will concentrate on the correct understanding of the
material, testing it on suitable problems; therefore it is highly
recommended that students work independently on the homework
assignments. The examinations will not involve any problems requiring
computation using software or computer; however, computational
assignments are still important for gaining the proper understanding
of the course material, and it is highly recommended that students
also work independently on those. Examination questions may (and for
the final they certainly will) be different for STAT 432 and STAT 532.
The software used in the course
is R, a freely available
language and environment for statistical computing and graphics.
It is available for pretty much every computational platform (Windows,
OS X, Linux) in general use, there is a host of supplemental
documentation and tutorials, most of them freely available on the
internet, and its extensions, in the form of contributed packages,
cover most of the existing statistical methodology.
- IMPORTANT DATES
Midterm exam: Tuesday, March 6, 2018,
class time (12:30-1:50) and venue
(T BW 2).
FOR THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FINAL EXAM: FOLLOW BEAR TRACKS.
- Sample problems:
- FINE PRINT (OBLIGATORY ANNOUNCEMENTS)
There are neither deferred term exams nor extended deadlines for the
homework. A student who cannot complete the assignment or misses a
term examination because of an incapacitating illness, severe domestic
affliction or other compelling reasons can apply for an excused
absence. To apply for an excused absence, a student must inform the
instructor within two working days following the scheduled date of the
term work or term exam missed, or as soon as the student is able,
having regard to the circumstances underlying the absence. In all
cases, instructors may request adequate documentation to substantiate
the reason for the absence at their discretion. If the absence is
excused, the missed component weight will be deferred to the final
For an excused absence where the cause is religious belief, a student
must contact the instructor within two weeks of the start of Fall
classes to request accommodation for the term (including the final
exam, where relevant). Instructors may request adequate documentation
to substantiate the student request.
A student who cannot write the final examination due to incapacitating
illness, severe domestic affliction or other compelling reasons can
apply for a deferred final examination. Students who failed at the
start of term to request exam accommodations for religious beliefs are
expected to follow the normal deferred final examination process. Such
an application must be made to the student's Faculty office within 48
hours of the missed examination and must be supported by a Statutory
Declaration or other appropriate documentation. (University of Alberta
Calendar 23.5.6.) Deferred examinations are a privilege and not a
right; there is no guarantee that a deferred examination will be
granted. Misrepresentation of Facts to gain a deferred examination is
a serious breach of the Code of Student Behaviour. If granted, the
deferred final exam will be held from
9:00 to 12:00 (meeting 8:30 outside CAB 357) on Saturday,
May 5, 2018.
The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of
academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to be familiar
with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the
policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly
urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of
the Code of Student
Behavior and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in
suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or
participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence
and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University.
All forms of dishonesty are unacceptable at the University. Any
offense will be reported to the Associate Dean of Science who will
determine the disciplinary action to be taken. Cheating, plagiarism
and misrepresentation of facts are serious offenses. Anyone who
engages in these practices will receive at minimum a grade of zero for
the exam or paper in question and no opportunity will be given to
replace the grade or redistribute the weights. As well, in the Faculty
of Science the sanction for cheating on any examination will include a
disciplinary failing grade (no exceptions) and senior students should
expect a period of suspension or expulsion from the University of
Your student photo I.D. is required at exams to verify your identity.
Students will not be allowed to begin an examination after it has been
in progress for 30 minutes. Students must remain in the exam room
until at least 30 minutes has elapsed. Electronic equipment cannot be
brought into examination rooms.
Cell phones are to be turned off during lectures, labs and seminars;
they are not to be brought to exams. Audio or video recording, digital
or otherwise, of lectures, labs, seminars or any other teaching
environment by students is allowed only with the prior written consent
of the instructor or as a part of an approved accommodation plan.
Student or instructor content, digital or otherwis, created and/or
used within the context of the course is to be used solely for
personal study, and is not to be used or distributed for any other
purpose without prior written consent from the content author(s).
Eligible students have both rights and responsibilities with regard to
accessibility-related accommodations. Consequently, scheduling exam
accommodations in accordance with SAS deadlines and procedures is
essential. Please note adherence to procedures and deadlines is
required for U of A to provide accommodations. Contact SAS
(www.ssds.ualberta.ca) for further information.
Students who require additional help in developing strategies for
better time management, study skills or examination skills should
contact the Student Success Centre (2-300 Students' Union Building).
Students who require additional help with assignments or have
questions about the course material in general are encouraged to visit
the Decima Robinson Support Centre (528 Central Academic Building).
Graduate students will be available to provide one-on-one help. In
order to get maximum help during each visit, students are asked to be
specific about the problem with which they are seeking help. The
Centre is open Monday to Friday, 9:00-15:00.
Any typographical errors in this Course Outline are subject to change
and will be announced in class.