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st: Query re. stsplit and survival modelling

From   Eleonora Paesen <>
Subject   st: Query re. stsplit and survival modelling
Date   Thu, 13 Dec 2012 15:34:06 +0000

I am using a dataset that includes monthly observations concerning
several variables.
I have used stsplit in order to include time-varying variables into
Cox proportional and Weibull hazard models. Before running the models
I have made sure that all time-varying variables has been opportunely
However I have not expanded the dataset in order to have person-month
observations by using the following command line:
stsplit time, at(1(1)n)
where 'n' corresponds to the 'last observed exit t' obtained after
stsetting the data.
Does anyone could explain the value of the expansion of the data on a
strictly monthly basis instead of 'splitted episodes' basis, whose
length could be more than one month?
How the coefficients obtained in the models runned on the two datasets
differ? Is there a practical reason for splitting the data on a
monthly basis?
Running times increase enormously and I am not sure there is any gain
by st-splitting the data in order to obtain person-months
Any help or suggestionson the matter would be greatly appreciated.
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