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About This Book

The Statistical Analysis of Recurrent Events
Richard J. Cook and Jerald F. Lawless
Universtiy of Waterloo


Recurrent event data arise in diverse fields such as medicine, public health, insurance, social science, economics, manufacturing and reliability. The purpose of this book is to present models and statistical methods for the analysis of recurrent event data. No single comprehensive treatment of these areas currently exists. We provide broad but detailed coverage of the major approaches to analysis, while also emphasizing the modeling assumptions that they are based on. Thus, we consider important models such as Poisson and renewal processes, with extensions to incorporate covariates or random effects. More general intensity-based models are also considered, as well as simpler models that focus on rate or mean functions. Parametric, nonparametric and semiparametric methodology are all covered, with clear descriptions of procedures for estimation, testing and model checking. Important practical topics such as variations in observation schemes or selection of individuals for study, the planning of randomized experiments, events of several types and the prediction of future events are considered. Areas needing further methodologic development are noted.

Methods of modeling and analysis are illustrated through many examples taken from health research and industry. The objectives and interpretations of different analyses are discussed in detail, and issues of robustness are addressed. Statistical analysis of the examples is carried out with S-PLUS software and code is given for some examples.

This book is directed at graduate students, researchers, and applied statisticians working in industry, government or academia. Some familiarity with survival analysis is beneficial since survival software is used to carry out many of the analyses considered. This book can be used as a textbook for a graduate course on the analysis of recurrent events or as a reference for a more general course on event history analysis. Problems are given at the end of chapters, to reinforce the material presented and to provide additional background or extensions to certain topics. Extensive bibliographic notes provide references and suggestions for further reading.

Richard J. Cook is Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo and Canada Research Chair in Statistical Methods for Health Research. He is an Associate Editor for Lifetime Data Analysis.

Jerald F. Lawless is Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo. He is a former Editor of Technometrics and from 1994-2004 held the General Motors Canada-NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Quality and Productivity. He is the author of Statistical Models and Methods for Lifetime Data, 2nd Edition (2003).