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Biometrics. 1989 Sep;45(3):939-55.

Estimation and comparison of changes in the presence of informative right censoring: conditional linear model.

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Division of Epidemiology, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Bethesda, Maryland 20892.

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  • Biometrics 1990 Sep;46(3):889.


A general linear regression model for the usual least squares estimated rate of change (slope) on censoring time is described as an approximation to account for informative right censoring in estimating and comparing changes of a continuous variable in two groups. Two noniterative estimators for the group slope means, the linear minimum variance unbiased (LMVUB) estimator and the linear minimum mean squared error (LMMSE) estimator, are proposed under this conditional model. In realistic situations, we illustrate that the LMVUB and LMMSE estimators, derived under a simple linear regression model, are quite competitive compared to the pseudo maximum likelihood estimator (PMLE) derived by modeling the censoring probabilities. Generalizations to polynomial response curves and general linear models are also described.

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