aeqSurv: Adjudicate near ties in a Surv object

Description Usage Arguments Details Value Author(s) See Also

View source: R/aeqSurv.R


The check for tied survival times can fail due to floating point imprecision, which can make actual ties appear to be distinct values. Routines that depend on correct identification of ties pairs will then give incorrect results, e.g., a Cox model. This function rectifies these.


aeqSurv(x, tolerance = sqrt(.Machine$double.eps))



a Surv object


the tolerance used to detect values that will be considered equal


This routine is called by both survfit and coxph to deal with the issue of ties that get incorrectly broken due to floating point imprecision. See the short vignette on tied times for a simple example. Use the timefix argument of survfit or coxph.control to control the option if desired.

The rule for ‘equality’ is identical to that used by the all.equal routine. Pairs of values that are within round off error of each other are replaced by the smaller value. An error message is generated if this process causes a 0 length time interval to be created.


a Surv object identical to the original, but with ties restored.


Terry Therneau

See Also

survfit, coxph.control

survival documentation built on April 26, 2021, 9:06 a.m.