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Re: st: strange confidence intervals in survival analyses

From (Jean Marie Linhart, StataCorp.)
Subject   Re: st: strange confidence intervals in survival analyses
Date   Tue, 17 Jun 2003 13:06:35 -0500

Paula Brentlinger <> wrote:

>     I am trying to calculate mortality rates using Stata 7.0, but am
> having a problem with confidence intervals.  In my survey data set,
> I have a dichotomous outcome variable representing death, and a
> second variable representing person-time.  I have been using "stset"
> to convert the data into survival-time, and "stptime" to calculate
> mortality rates.  This all seems to work very well except when I add
> p-weights.  The confidence intervals I get for the weighted
> estimates seem, well, improbable: e.g. an estimate of 8.2 is
> reported to have a 95% CI of 3.0, 3.0. This problem is especially
> common in analyses with low numbers of deaths.

If Paula could privately mail me her data and a log of what she did, I
will look into this.

A quick test with some data on hand did not yield strange
confidence intervals.

--Jean Marie
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