In longitudinal studies, individual subjects may experience recurrent events of the same type over a relatively long period of time. The longitudinal pattern of the gaps between the successive recurrent events is often of great research interest. In this article, the probability structure of the recurrent gap times is first explored in the presence of censoring. According to the discovered structure, we introduce the proportional reverse-time hazards models with unspecified baseline functions to accommodate heterogeneous individual underlying distributions, when the ongitudinal pattern parameter is of main interest. Inference procedures are proposed and studied by way of proper riskset construction. The proposed methodology is demonstrated by Monte-Carlo simulations and an application to the well-known Denmark schizophrenia cohort study data set
Longitudinal Data Analysis and Time Series | Statistical Methodology | Statistical Models | Statistical Theory | Survival Analysis
Chen, Ying Qing; Wang, Mei-Cheng; and Huang, Yijian, "Semiparametric Regression Analysis on Longitudinal Pattern of Recurrent Gap Times" (August 2002). U.C. Berkeley Division of Biostatistics Working Paper Series. Working Paper 112.