This is a special function used in the context of recurrent event models with terminal event
(e.g., censoring variable related to recurrent events). It contains the status indicator, normally 0=alive, 1=dead, and is used on the right hand side of a formula of a 'frailtyPenal', 'longiPenal' and 'trivPenal' functions. Using
terminal() in a formula implies that a joint frailty model for recurrent events and terminal events is fitted.
A numeric variable but should be a Boolean which equals 1 if the subject is dead and 0 if he is alive or censored, as a death indicator.
a death indicator
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