The analysis of event history data: a review of progress and outstanding problems

Stat Med. 1988 Aug;7(8):819-41. doi: 10.1002/sim.4780070802.


This paper reviews methods for the analysis of event history data by both parametric (exponential/Poisson) and semi-parametric methods. It identifies a need for software for handling the data structures of complex event histories and shows that, with such software, most Markov and semi-Markov models of event history data may be dealt with in the framework of generalized linear models. Finally, the emergent 'frailty' models for associated risks are discussed together with their implications for statistical software.

MeSH terms

  • Data Interpretation, Statistical*
  • Epidemiologic Methods*
  • Markov Chains
  • Mathematical Computing
  • Probability
  • Software
  • Statistics as Topic*