Research Collaborations: Suman Jiwani
Suman Jiwani’s MSc research considers the analysis of coronary artery bypass data from the BC Cardiac Registry: Typical survival analyses treat the time to failure as a response and use parametric models, such as the Weibull or log-normal, or non-parametric methods, such as the Cox proportional analysis, to estimate survivor functions and investigate the effect of covariates. In some circumstances, for example where treatment is harsh, the empirical survivor curve appears segmented with steep initial descent followed by a plateau or less sharp decline. This is the case in the analysis of survival experience after coronary artery bypass surgery, the application which motivated this project. We employ a parametric Weibull changepoint model for the analysis of such data, and bootstrap procedures for estimation of standard errors. In addition, we consider the effect on the analyses of rounding of the data, with such rounding leading to large numbers of ties.