Description Usage Arguments Details Value References See Also Examples
Returns either the expected survival of a cohort of subjects, or the individual expected survival for each subject.
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formula 
formula object. The response variable is a vector of followup times
and is optional. The predictors consist of optional grouping variables
separated by the 
data 
data frame in which to interpret the variables named in
the 
weights 
case weights. This is most useful when conditional survival for a known population is desired, e.g., the data set would contain all unique age/sex combinations and the weights would be the proportion of each. 
subset 
expression indicating a subset of the rows of 
na.action 
function to filter missing data. This is applied to the model frame after

rmap 
an optional list that maps data set names to the ratetable names. See the details section below. 
times 
vector of followup times at which the resulting survival curve is
evaluated. If absent, the result will be reported for each unique
value of the vector of times supplied in the response value of
the 
method 
computational method for the creating the survival curves.
The 
cohort 
logical value. This argument has been superseded by the

conditional 
logical value. This argument has been superseded by the

ratetable 
a table of event rates,
such as 
scale 
numeric value to scale the results. If 
se.fit 
compute the standard error of the predicted survival. This argument is currently ignored. Standard errors are not a defined concept for population rate tables (they are treated as coming from a complete census), and for Cox models the calculation is hard. Despite good intentions standard errors for this latter case have not been coded and validated. 
model,x,y 
flags to control what is returned. If any of these is true, then the model frame, the model matrix, and/or the vector of response times will be returned as components of the final result, with the same names as the flag arguments. 
Individual expected survival is usually used in models or testing, to
‘correct’ for the age and sex composition of a group of subjects.
For instance, assume that birth date, entry date into the study,
sex and actual survival time are all known for a group of subjects.
The survexp.us
population tables contain expected death rates
based on calendar year, sex and age.
Then
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gives for each subject the total hazard experienced up to their observed death time or last followup time (variable fu.time) This probability can be used as a rescaled time value in models:
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In the first model, a test for intercept=0 is the one sample logrank
test of whether the observed group of subjects has equivalent survival to
the baseline population. The second model tests for an effect of variable
x
after adjustment for age and sex.
The ratetable being used may have different variable names than the user's
data set, this is dealt with by the rmap
argument.
The rate table for the above calculation was survexp.us
, a call to
summary{survexp.us}
reveals that it expects to have variables
age
= age in days, sex
, and year
= the date of study
entry, we create them in the rmap
line. The sex variable was not
mapped, therefore the function assumes that it exists in mydata
in the
correct format. (Note: for factors such as sex, the program will match on
any unique abbreviation, ignoring case.)
Cohort survival is used to produce an overall survival curve. This is then added to the KaplanMeier plot of the study group for visual comparison between these subjects and the population at large. There are three common methods of computing cohort survival. In the "exact method" of Ederer the cohort is not censored, for this case no response variable is required in the formula. Hakulinen recommends censoring the cohort at the anticipated censoring time of each patient, and Verheul recommends censoring the cohort at the actual observation time of each patient. The last of these is the conditional method. These are obtained by using the respective time values as the followup time or response in the formula.
if cohort=TRUE
an object of class survexp
,
otherwise a vector of persubject expected survival values.
The former contains the number of subjects at risk
and the expected survival for the cohort at each requested time.
The cohort survival is the hypothetical survival for a cohort of
subjects enrolled from the population at large, but matching the data
set on the factors found in the rate table.
Berry, G. (1983). The analysis of mortality by the subjectyears method. Biometrics, 39:17384.
Ederer, F., Axtell, L. and Cutler, S. (1961). The relative survival rate: a statistical methodology. Natl Cancer Inst Monogr, 6:10121.
Hakulinen, T. (1982). Cancer survival corrected for heterogeneity in patient withdrawal. Biometrics, 38:933942.
Therneau, T. and Grambsch, P. (2000). Modeling survival data: Extending the Cox model. Springer. Chapter 10.
Verheul, H., Dekker, E., Bossuyt, P., Moulijn, A. and Dunning, A. (1993). Background mortality in clinical survival studies. Lancet, 341: 872875.
survfit
, pyears
, survexp.us
,
survexp.fit
.
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# Stanford heart transplant data
# We don't have sex in the data set, but know it to be nearly all males.
# Estimate of conditional survival
fit1 < survexp(futime ~ 1, rmap=list(sex="male", year=accept.dt,
age=(accept.dtbirth.dt)), method='conditional', data=jasa)
summary(fit1, times=1:10*182.5, scale=365) #expected survival by 1/2 years
# Estimate of expected survival stratified by prior surgery
survexp(~ surgery, rmap= list(sex="male", year=accept.dt,
age=(accept.dtbirth.dt)), method='ederer', data=jasa,
times=1:10 * 182.5)
## Compare the survival curves for the Mayo PBC data to Cox model fit
##
pfit <coxph(Surv(time,status>0) ~ trt + log(bili) + log(protime) + age +
platelet, data=pbc)
plot(survfit(Surv(time, status>0) ~ trt, data=pbc), mark.time=FALSE)
lines(survexp( ~ trt, ratetable=pfit, data=pbc), col='purple')

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