We develop a simulation procedure to simulate the semicompeting risk survival data. In addition, we introduce an EM algorithm and a B–spline based estimation procedure to evaluate and implement Xu et al. (2010)’s nonparametric likelihood es- timation approach. The simulation procedure provides a route to simulate samples from the likelihood introduced in Xu et al. (2010)’s. Further, the EM algorithm and the B–spline methods stabilize the estimation and gives accurate estimation results. We illustrate the simulation and the estimation procedure with simluation examples and real data analysis.
Jiang, Fei and Haneuse, Sebastien, "Simulation of Semicompeting Risk Survival Data and Estimation Based on Multistate Frailty Model" (April 2015). Harvard University Biostatistics Working Paper Series. Working Paper 188.