Re: [R] survreg() with frailty

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2008 14:31:58 +0100 (BST)

On Thu, 17 Apr 2008, Dimitris Rizopoulos wrote:

> Dear R-users,
>
> I have noticed small discrepencies in the reported estimate of the
> variance of the frailty by the print method for survreg() and the
> 'theta' component included in the object fit:

This is the print method for class "survreg.penal". It is using

> fit1$printfun[[1]]

function (coef, var, var2, df, history)
{

     if (!is.null(history$history))
         theta <- history$history[nrow(history$history), 1]
     else theta <- history$theta
     clog <- history$c.loglik
     if (is.matrix(var))
         test <- coxph.wtest(var, coef)$test
     else test <- sum(coef^2/var)
     df2 <- max(df, 0.5)
     list(coef = c(NA, NA, NA, test, df, 1 - pchisq(test, df2)),
         history = paste("Variance of random effect=", format(theta),
             "  I-likelihood =", format(round(clog, 1), digits = 10)))
}

that is fit1$history[[1]]$history[10, 1]

Short answer: your fit1 did not converge, and the others only rouighly converged.

>
> # Examples in R-2.6.2 for Windows
>
> library(survival) # version 2.34-1 (2008-03-31)
>
> # discrepancy
> fit1 <- survreg(Surv(time, status) ~ rx + frailty(litter), rats)
> fit1
> fit1$history[[1]]$theta
>
> # OK
> fit2 <- survreg(Surv(time, status) ~ rx + frailty(litter, df = 13),
> rats)
> fit2
> fit2$history[[1]]$theta
>
> # discrepancy
> fit3 <- survreg(Surv(time, status)~ age + sex + frailty(id), kidney)
> fit3
> fit3$history[[1]]$theta
>
> # OK
> fit4 <- survreg(Surv(time, status)~ age + frailty(id), kidney)
> fit4
> fit4$history[[1]]$theta
>
>
> Am I missing something? Thanks in advance for any pointers!
>
> Best,
> Dimitris
>
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