WeibullPH: Weibull distribution in proportional hazards parameterisation

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Density, distribution function, hazards, quantile function and random generation for the Weibull distribution in its proportional hazards parameterisation.


x, q

Vector of quantiles.


Vector of probabilities.


number of observations. If length(n) > 1, the length is taken to be the number required.


Vector of shape parameters.


Vector of scale parameters.

log, log.p

logical; if TRUE, probabilities p are given as log(p).


logical; if TRUE (default), probabilities are P(X <= x), otherwise, P(X > x).


The Weibull distribution in proportional hazards parameterisation with ‘shape’ parameter a and ‘scale’ parameter m has density given by

f(x) = a m x^{a-1} exp(- m x^a)

cumulative distribution function F(x) = 1 - exp( -m x^a ), survivor function S(x) = exp( -m x^a ), cumulative hazard m x^a and hazard a m x^{a-1}.

dweibull in base R has the alternative 'accelerated failure time' (AFT) parameterisation with shape a and scale b. The shape parameter a is the same in both versions. The scale parameters are related as b = m^{-1/a}, equivalently m = b^-a.

In survival modelling, covariates are typically included through a linear model on the log scale parameter. Thus, in the proportional hazards model, the coefficients in such a model on m are interpreted as log hazard ratios.

In the AFT model, covariates on b are interpreted as time acceleration factors. For example, doubling the value of a covariate with coefficient beta=log(2) would give half the expected survival time. These coefficients are related to the log hazard ratios γ as β = -γ / a.


dweibullPH gives the density, pweibullPH gives the distribution function, qweibullPH gives the quantile function, rweibullPH generates random deviates, HweibullPH retuns the cumulative hazard and hweibullPH the hazard.


Christopher Jackson <chris.jackson@mrc-bsu.cam.ac.uk>

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