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    Macalester College
  Sep 19, 2017
College Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MATH 353 - Survival Analysis

Survival analysis refers to a set of methods used for modeling “time-to-event” or “duration” data. In many studies, the outcome of interest is the time between between events (e.g. onset of Alzheimer’s until death, time unlit default on a loan, unemployment duration, marriage duration, removal-to-recurrence of a tumor, emergency room length of stay).  Survival analysis evolved from a practical reality: the precise values of data are often unknown.  We will introduce the concepts of censoring and truncation, and discuss the Kaplan-Meier curve, parametric regression models, Cox’s proportional hazards model, and time-varying covariates.  The course will have an applied focus.  Examples may be drawn from a variety of fields including, but not restricted to, medicine, economics, sociology, and political science.  The course will count toward completion of the concentration in Community and Global Health. Prerequisite(s):  MATH 253  or  MATH 254 . Offered every fall semester. (4 Credits)