On the Kaplan-Meier estimator based on ranked set samples Articles
- December 2014
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- When quantification of all sampling units is expensive but a set of units can be ranked, without formal measurement, ranked set sampling (RSS) is a cost-efficient alternate to simple random sampling (SRS). In this paper, we study the Kaplan&-Meier estimator of survival probability based on RSS under random censoring time setup, and propose nonparametric estimators of the population mean. We present a simulation study to compare the performance of the suggested estimators. It turns out that RSS design can yield a substantial improvement in efficiency over the SRS design. Additionally, we apply the proposed methods to a real data set from an environmental study.
- ranked set sampling; censored data; kaplan–meier