In this paper, we propose a Bayesian partition modeling for lifetime data in the presence of a cure fraction by considering a local structure generated by a tessellation which depends on covariates. In this modeling we include information of nominal qualitative variables with more than two categories or ordinal qualitative variables. The proposed modeling is based on a promotion time cure model structure but assuming that the number of competing causes follows a geometric distribution. It is an alternative modeling strategy to the conventional survival regression modeling generally used for modeling lifetime data in the presence of a cure fraction, which models the cure fraction through a (generalized) linear model of the covariates. An advantage of our approach is its ability to capture the effects of covariates in a local structure. The flexibility of having a local structure is crucial to capture local effects and features of the data. The modeling is illustrated on two real melanoma data sets.
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The research was partially supported by the Brazilian Organizations FAPESP, CNPq and CAPES.
- Bayesian approach
- categorical variable
- cure fraction
- survival data