Generalized Topp-Leone-Weibull AFT Modelling: A Bayesian Analysis with MCMC Tools using R and Stan
The generalized Topp-Leone-Weibull (GTL-W) distribution is a generalization of Weibull distribution which is obtained by using generalized Topp-Leone (GTL) distribution as a generator and considering Weibull distribution as a baseline distribution. Weibull distribution is a widely used survival model that has monotone- increasing or decreasing hazard. But it cannot accommodate bathtub shaped and unimodal shaped hazards. As a survival model, GTL-W distribution is more flexible than the Weibull distribution to accommodate different types of hazards. The present study aims at fitting GTL-W model as an accelerated failure time (AFT) model to censored survival data under Bayesian setting using R and Stan languages. The GTL-W AFT model is compared with its sub-model and the baseline model. The Bayesian model selection criteria LOOIC and WAIC are applied to select the best model.
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