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# Re: AW: st: Competing Hazards with Multiple-Record-per-Subject Data (2)

 From Steven Samuels To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: AW: st: Competing Hazards with Multiple-Record-per-Subject Data (2) Date Mon, 25 Jul 2011 08:23:13 -0400

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Stefan,
I notice two things.

1) Your "subepisode" variable is perfectly collinear with time.
2) Your "risk type" variable looks like your outcome indicator (it's the only variable that differs in the two parts of your listing). I don't have Lunn/McNeill, but  I don't see how you can use the outcome indicator as a covariate for predicting that outcome.
I can suggest:
1) Make sure that your multiple failure model corresponds to one of those in http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/stat/stmfail.html
2) Get that model working with a single outcome first: ordinary survival analysis, treating the other outcome as censored.

Good luck

Steve
sjsamuels@gmail.com

On Jul 25, 2011, at 4:46 AM, Stefan Göke wrote:

Hi Steve,

thanks for your reply! I do not use Fine and Gray because I seek to model
risk type as a covariate following Lunn/McNeil 1995.

Following your suggestion, I added to each ending time of one of the two
risk types the constant of 0.001.

After stset, the data looks like the following excerpt for ids “2” and “6”,
with
-  id = id,
- supedno = subepisode after stsplit,
- risk = risk type either 0 or 1,
- ddes_risk = failure variable,
- dtime1_risk = ending time of the record

+-----------------------------------------------------------------------+
| id   subepno   risk   ddes_r~k   dtime1~k   _st   _d   _t
_t0          |

|-----------------------------------------------------------------------
|
20.  |  4         0      1          .          1     1    0    1
0         |
21.  |  4         1      1          .          2     1    0    2
1.0001    |
22.  |  4         2      1          .          3     1    0    3
2.0000999 |
23.  |  4         3      1          1          4     1    1    4
3.0000999 |

+-----------------------------------------------------------------------+

|-----------------------------------------------------------------------
|
32.  |  6         0      1          .          1     1    0    1
0         |
33.  |  6         1      1          .          2     1    0    2
1.0001    |
34.  |  6         2      1          .          3     1    0    3
2.0000999 |
35.  |  6         3      1          .          4     1    0    4
3.0000999 |
36.  |  6         4      1          .          5     1    0    5
4.0001001 |
37.  |  6         5      1          .          6     1    0    6
5.0001001 |
38.  |  6         6      1          .          7     1    0    7
6.0001001 |
39.  |  6         7      1          0          8     1    0    8
7.0001001 |

+-----------------------------------------------------------------------+

|------------------------------------------------------------------------
|
2094. |  2         0      0          .     1.0001     1    0      1.0001
1         |
2095. |  2         1      0          .     2.0001     1    0   2.0000999
2         |
2096. |  2         2      0          1     3.0001     1    1   3.0000999
3         |

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

|------------------------------------------------------------------------
|
2117. |  6         0      0          .     1.0001     1    0      1.0001
1         |
2118. |  6         1      0          .     2.0001     1    0   2.0000999
2         |
2119. |  6         2      0          .     3.0001     1    0   3.0000999
3         |
2120. |  6         3      0          .     4.0001     1    0   4.0001001
4         |
2121. |  6         4      0          .     5.0001     1    0   5.0001001
5         |
2122. |  6         5      0          .     6.0001     1    0   6.0001001
6         |
2123. |  6         6      0          .     7.0001     1    0   7.0001001
7         |
2124. |  6         7      0          0     8.0001     1    0   8.0001001
8         |

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Is this how you meant it? I am asking because my regression does not work
sound when integrating the “risk” variable into my stcox survival analysis –
for “risk” the p-value is 1.000 and no confidence interval is reported.
Moreover, no rho-value is reported in the Schoenfeld residuals test. I tried
clustering the data when using stcox now by id with the option vce(cluster
varname) to get robust standard errors given the replication of
observations. However, the rho-value still is not reported. How could this
be solved?

Many thanks!

Stefan

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[mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] Im Auftrag von Steven Samuels
Gesendet: Sonntag, 24. Juli 2011 00:19
An: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Betreff: Re: st: Competing Hazards with Multiple-Record-per-Subject Data (2)

Break the ties: add a small constant (e.g. 0.001) to the times for one of
the failure types.

Also -stcrreg- (which fits the Fine-Gray model) does not require the
augmentation trick, I believe.

-Steve
sjsamuels@gmail.com

Dear statalisters,

in earlier posts implementation of data replication in Lunn/McNeil 1995
Applying Cox Regression to Competing Risks were discussed. Under the subject
line above, Alex Gelber (see below) asked how to implement this particularly
when using multiple-record-per-subject data – unfortunately with no reply.

I stsplitted my data by year to model a linear time trend and age covariates
and thus, I am facing the same problem: stsetting does not work when the
data is replicated along Lunn/McNeil 1995 since at every instant two records
are attached to the id variable. The question is how to solve this stset
problem?

Given that 5 years have passed by since Alex posted, please allow myself to
basically repost this question – maybe even Alex has the answer and is still
subscribed.

Stefan

--
Stefan Göke
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Management

____________________________

In earlier Statalist posts, May Boggess of Statacorp explained how to
estimate a competing hazard model using Lunn and McNeil's methods A and B.
There seems to be a problem, however, with implementing Lunn and McNeil's
Method B when using multiple-record-per-subject data.

The problem is that to implement Lunn and McNeil Method B, you need to
duplicate each subject's record twice (in the case of two competing
hazards). In the case of multiple-record-per-subject data, when using the
stset command to stset the data, you need to specify the ID variable using
id(idname), where "idname" is the name of the ID variable. But then Stata
gives you an error message, because each ID has two records attached to it
at every instant, and the stset command with multiple-record-per-subject
data only works correctly when there is only one record for each id-time
combination.

For example, in my case, the time variable is "month," the failure variable
is "status," and the id variable is "id," and here is what happens when I
try to stset my data:

. stset month, failure(status) id(id)

id: id
failure event: status != 0 & status < .
obs. time interval: (month[_n-1], month] exit on or before: failure

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
--
2000 total obs.
2000 multiple records at same instant PROBABLE ERROR
(month[_n-1]==month)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
--
0 obs. remaining, representing
0 subjects
0 failures in single failure-per-subject data
0 total analysis time at risk, at risk from t = 0 earliest observed entry t
= .
last observed exit t = .

Does anyone know how to address this problem? Any help would be much
appreciated.

Alex

--
Alexander Gelber
Ph.D. Candidate
Harvard University Department of Economics Littauer Center Cambridge, MA
02138

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