A non-homogeneous Semi-Markov model for Interval Censoring
Previous approaches to modelling interval-censored data have often relied on assumptions of homogeneity in the sense that the censoring mechanism, the underlying distribution of occurrence times, or both, are assumed to be time-invariant. In this work, we introduce a model which allows for non-homogeneous behaviour in both cases. In particular, we outline a censoring mechanism based on semi-Markov processes in which interval generation is assumed to be time-dependent and we propose a Markov point process model for the underlying occurrence time distribution. We prove the existence of this process and derive the conditional distribution of the occurrence times given the intervals. We provide a framework within which the process can be accurately modelled, and subsequently compare our model to homogeneous approaches by way of a parametric example.
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van Lieshout, M.-C., & Markwitz, R. (2024). A non-homogeneous Semi-Markov model for Interval Censoring. doi:10.48550/arXiv.2401.17905