A multiple imputation approach to Cox regression with interval-censored data

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We propose a general semiparametric method based on multiple imputation for Cox regression with interval-censored data. The method consists of iterating the following two steps. First, from finite-interval-censored (but not right-censored) data, exact failure times are imputed using Tanner and Wei's poor man's or asymptotic normal data augmentation scheme based on the current estimates of the regression coefficient and the baseline survival curve. Second, a standard statistical procedure for right-censored data, such as the Cox partial likelihood method, is applied to imputed data to update the estimates. Through simulation, we demonstrate that the resulting estimate of the regression coefficient and its associated standard error provide a promising alternative to the nonparametric maximum likelihood estimate. Our proposal is easily implemented by taking advantage of existing computer programs for right-censored data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-203
Number of pages5
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2000


  • Asymptotic normal data augmentation
  • Poor man's data augmentation
  • Proportional hazards model

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