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A review of survival trees

Author(s): Imad Bou-Hamad | Denis Larocque | Hatem Ben-Ameur

Journal: Statistics Surveys
ISSN 1935-7516

Volume: 5;
Start page: 44;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Survival trees | CART | Time–varying covariate | Right–censored data | Discrete–time | Ensemble methods | Time–varying effect | Bagging | Survival forest

This paper presents a non–technical account of the developments in tree–based methods for the analysis of survival data with censoring. This review describes the initial developments, which mainly extended the existing basic tree methodologies to censored data as well as to more recent work. We also cover more complex models, more specialized methods, and more specific problems such as multivariate data, the use of time–varying covariates, discrete–scale survival data, and ensemble methods applied to survival trees. A data example is used to illustrate some methods that are implemented in R.
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