Canadian Journal of Statistics

Constrained estimation and likelihood intervals for censored data

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Abstract

The authors propose a reduction technique and versions of the EM algorithm and the vertex exchange method to perform constrained nonparametric maximum likelihood estimation of the cumulative distribution function given interval censored data. The constrained vertex exchange method can be used in practice to produce likelihood intervals for the cumulative distribution function. In particular, the authors show how to produce a confidence interval with known asymptotic coverage for the survival function given current status data.

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