Date: 30 Oct 2009

Probability Plotting with Independent Competing Risks

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In this chapter, we discuss probability plotting for competing risk data in the presence of Type I or right censoring. The construction of probability plots is based on the linearization of the cumulative distribution function of the first-order statistic. We consider the case when risks are independent. We describe procedures for constructing pointwise confidence intervals based on large-sample properties of maximum likelihood estimators. The proposed method is compared with traditional probability plotting that assumes that causes of failure can be eliminated.