Spring 2022 - STAT 855 G100

Lifetime Data Analysis (4)

Class Number: 6918

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
    AQ 5046, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    STAT 450.



Statistical methodology used in analysing failure time data. Likelihoods under various censoring patterns. Inference using parametric regression models including the exponential, Weibull, lognormal, generalized gamma distributions. Goodness-of-fit tests. The proportional hazards family, and inference under the proportional hazards model. Stratification and blocking in proportional hazards models. Time dependent covariates. Regression methods for grouped data. Students with credit for STAT 806 may not take this course for further credit.


This course introduces to students the most important statistical approaches in analyzing event history data. It includes parametric inferences with likelihood functions under various censoring patterns, and the essential topics in non/semiparametric inferences such as the Kaplan-Meier estimator, the logrank test, and the Cox proportional hazards model. Some advanced topics will be covered, including counting process framework, various forms of incomplete lifetime data (e.g., competing risks, interval censoring, and truncation), recurrent events and multi-state process, and alternative regression models to the Cox proportional hazards model. Below is a tentative outline of the course.

1. Introduction
2. Likelihood-Based Parametric Inferences
3. Kaplan-Meier Estimator, Logrank Test, Cox Proportional Hazards Model
4. Counting Process Framework
5. Competing Risks, Interval Censoring and Truncation
6. Recurrent Events and Multi-State Process
7. Alternative Regression Models


  • Assignments 40%
  • Projects 60%


Above grading is subject to change



Survival Analysis: Techniques for Censored and Truncated Data, 2nd ed., by John Klein and Melvin Moeschberger. Publisher: Springer


1. Analysis of Survival Data, by Cox and Oakes
2. Counting Processes and Survival Analysis, by Fleming and Harrington
3. The Statistical Analysis of Failure Time Data, by Kalbfleisch and Prentice
4. The Statistical Analysis of Recurrent Events, by Cook and Lawless
5. Statistical Models and Methods for Lifetime Data, by Lawless
6. Statistical Models Based on Counting Processes, by Andersen, Borgan, Gill and Keiding
7. Survival Analysis Using SAS: A Practical Guide, Author: Paul Allison, Publisher: SAS Publishing

Graduate Studies Notes:

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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.