Note the log scale used is base 10. These point estimates are pretty far off. Estimates for product reliability at 15, 30, 45, and 60 months are shown below. We know the true parameters are shape = 3, scale = 100 because that’s how the data were generated. This is a perfect use case for ggridges which will let us see the same type of figure but without overlap. We retrospectively studied 1715 patients with gastric cancer. The density functions of the eight distributions that are fit by this module were given in the Distribution Fitting section and will not be repeated here. There is no doubt that this is a rambling post - even so, it is not within scope to try to explain link functions and GLM’s (I’m not expert enough to do it anyways, refer to Statistical Rethinking by McElreath). Goodness-of-fit statistics are available and shown below for reference. Are the priors appropriate? Note: all models throughout the remainder of this post use the “better” priors (even though there is minimal difference in the model fits relative to brms default). The prior must be placed on the intercept when must be then propagated to the scale which further muddies things. It is common to report confidence intervals about the reliability estimate but this practice suffers many limitations. The default priors are viewed with prior_summary(). This article describes the characteristics of a popular distribution within life data analysis (LDA) – the Weibull distribution. First, I’ll set up a function to generate simulated data from a Weibull distribution and censor any observations greater than 100. Some data wrangling is in anticipation for ggplot(). If all n=59 pass then we can claim 95% reliability with 95% confidence. Is the survreg() fitting function broken? The precision increases with sample size as expected but the variation is still relevant even at large n. Based on this simulation we can conclude that our initial point estimate of 2.5, 94.3 fit from n=30 is within the range of what is to be expected and not a software bug or coding error. distribution reduces to, \( f(x) = \gamma x^{(\gamma - 1)}\exp(-(x^{\gamma})) \hspace{.3in} In some cases, however, parametric methods can provide more accurate estimates. We show how this is done in Figure 1 by comparing the survival function of two components. First – a bit of background. The above analysis, while not comprehensive, was enough to convince me that the default brms priors are not the problem with initial model fit (recall above where the mode of the posterior was not centered at the true data generating process and we wondered why). α is the scale parameter. I honestly don’t know. When we omit the censored data or treat it as a failure, the shape parameter shifts up and the scale parameter shifts down. Stent fatigue testing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhUluh5V8uM↩, Data taken from Practical Applications of Bayesian Reliability by Abeyratne and Liu, 2019↩, Note: the reliability function is sometimes called the survival function in reference to patient outcomes and survival analysis↩, grid_function borrowed from Kurz, https://bookdown.org/ajkurz/Statistical_Rethinking_recoded/↩, Survival package documentation, https://stat.ethz.ch/R-manual/R-devel/library/survival/html/survreg.html↩, We would want to de-risk this appoach by makng sure we have a bit of historical data on file indicating our device fails at times that follow a Weibull(3, 100) or similar↩, See the “Survival Model” section of this document: https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/brms/vignettes/brms_families.html#survival-models↩, Thread about vague gamma priors https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/449234/vague-gamma-prior↩, Copyright © 2020 | MH Corporate basic by MH Themes, Part 1 – Fitting Models to Weibull Data Without Censoring [Frequentist Perspective], Construct Weibull model from un-censored data using fitdistrplus, Using the model to infer device reliability, Part 2 – Fitting Models to Weibull Data Without Censoring [Bayesian Perspective], Use grid approximation to estimate posterior, Uncertainty in the implied reliabilty of the device, Part 3 – Fitting Models to Weibull Data with Right-Censoring [Frequentist Perspective], Simulation to understand point estimate sensitivity to sample size, Simulation of 95% confidence intervals on reliability, Part 4 – Fitting Models to Weibull Data with Right-Censoring [Bayesian Perspective], Use brm() to generate a posterior distribution for shape and scale, Evaluate sensitivity of posterior to sample size. with the same values of γ as the pdf plots above. The Weibull Distribution. Inverse Survival Function If you made it this far - I appreciate your patience with this long and rambling post. – The survival function gives the probability that a subject will survive past time t. – As t ranges from 0 to ∞, the survival function has the following properties ∗ It is non-increasing ∗ At time t = 0, S(t) = 1. In other words, the probability of surviving past time 0 is 1. Visualized what happens if we incorrectly omit the censored data or treat it as if it failed at the last observed time point. (R has a function called pgamma that computes the cdf and survivor function. ing the survival estimates for males and females under the exponential model, i.e., P(T t) = e( ^ zt), to the Kaplan-Meier survival estimates: We can see how well the Weibull model ts by comparing the survival estimates, P(T t) = e( ^ zt ^), to the Kaplan-Meier survival estimates. The following is the plot of the Weibull survival function If available, we would prefer to use domain knowledge and experience to identify what the true distribution is instead of these statistics which are subject to sampling variation. They are shown below using the denscomp() function from fitdistrplus. Such a test is shown here for a coronary stent:1. The model by itself isn’t what we are after. Was the censoring specified and treated appropriately? It’s apparent that there is sampling variability effecting the estimates. The parameters that get estimated by brm() are the Intercept and shape. I am only looking at 21… Fit Weibull survivor functions. If you read the first half of this article last week, you can jump here. We are fitting an intercept-only model meaning there are no predictor variables. In the code below, I generate n=1000 simulations of n=30 samples drawn from a Weibull distribution with shape = 3 and scale = 100. If you take this at face value, the model thinks the reliability is always zero before seeing the model. There are 100 data points, which is more than typically tested for stents or implants but is reasonable for electronic components. The original model was fit from n=30. For benchtop testing, we wait for fracture or some other failure. 95% of the reliability estimates like above the .05 quantile. To start, I’ll read in the data and take a look at it. Things look good visually and Rhat = 1 (also good). Assume we have designed a medical device that fails according to a Weibull distribution with shape = 3 and scale = 100. We plot the survivor function that corresponds to our Weibull(5,3). Evaluate the effect of the different priors (default vs. iterated) on the model fit for original n=30 censored data points. Nevertheless, we might look at the statistics below if we had absolutely no idea the nature of the data generating process / test. Parametric survival models or Weibull models A parametric survival model is a well-recognized statistical technique for exploring the relationship between the survival of a patient, a parametric distribution and several explanatory variables. To obtain the CDF of the Weibull distribution, we use weibull(a,b). Again, it’s tough because we have to work through the Intercept and the annoying gamma function. Engineers develop and execute benchtop tests that accelerate the cyclic stresses and strains, typically by increasing the frequency. A lot of the weight is at zero but there are long tails for the defaults. \( G(p) = (-\ln(1 - p))^{1/\gamma} \hspace{.3in} 0 \le p < 1; \gamma > 0 \). 2013 by Statpoint Technologies, Inc. Weibull Analysis - 15 Log Survival Function The Log Survival Function is the natural logarithm of the survival function: Weibull Distribution 1000 10000 100000 Distance-33-23-13-3 7. Again, I think this is a special case for vague gamma priors but it doesn’t give us much confidence that we are setting things up correctly. Flat priors are used here for simplicity - I’ll put more effort into the priors later on in this post. First, I’ll set up a function to generate simulated data from a Weibull distribution and censor any observations greater than 100. \( S(x) = \exp{-(x^{\gamma})} \hspace{.3in} x \ge 0; \gamma > 0 \). If we super-impose our point estimate from Part 1, we see the maximum likelihood estimate agrees well with the mode of the joint posterior distributions for shape and scale. The following is the plot of the Weibull percent point function with This looks a little nasty but it reads something like “the probability of a device surviving beyond time t conditional on parameters \(\beta\) and \(\eta\) is [some mathy function of t, \(\beta\) and \(\eta\)]. This is the probability that an individual survives beyond time t. This is usually the first quantity that is studied. The following is the plot of the Weibull probability density function. One use of the survivor function is to predict quantiles of the survival time. I set the function up in anticipation of using the survreg() function from the survival package in R. The syntax is a little funky so some additional detail is provided below. Draw from the posterior of each model and combine into one tibble along with the original fit from n=30. a data frame in which to interpret the variables named in the formula, weights or the subset arguments. pass/fail by recording whether or not each test article fractured or not after some pre-determined duration t. By treating each tested device as a Bernoulli trial, a 1-sided confidence interval can be established on the reliability of the population based on the binomial distribution. Weibull distribution. Our boss asks us to set up an experiment to verify with 95% confidence that 95% of our product will meet the 24 month service requirement without failing. * Explored fitting censored data using the survival package. This is sort of cheating but I’m still new to this so I’m cutting myself some slack. Sometimes the events don’t happen within the observation window but we still must draw the study to a close and crunch the data. This plot looks really cool, but the marginal distributions are bit cluttered. We know the data were simulated by drawing randomly from a Weibull(3, 100) so the true data generating process is marked with lines. Step 2. And the implied prior predictive reliability at t=15: This still isn’t great - now I’ve stacked most of the weight at 0 and 1 always fail or never fail. The equation for the standard Weibull Intervals are 95% HDI. Survival Function The formula for the survival function of the Weibull distribution is \( S(x) = \exp{-(x^{\gamma})} \hspace{.3in} x \ge 0; \gamma > 0 \) The following is the plot of the Weibull survival function with the same values of γ as the pdf plots above. We need a simulation that lets us adjust n. Here we write a function to generate censored data of different shape, scale, and sample size. The data to make the fit are generated internal to the function. Recall that each day on test represents 1 month in service. Arbitrary quantiles for estimated survival function. Not too useful. Survival analysis is one of the less understood and highly applied algorithm by business analysts. I was able to spread some credibility up across the middle reliability values but ended up a lot of mass on either end, which wasn’t to goal. ## survival 2.37-2 has a bug in quantile(), so this currently doesn't work # quantile(KM0, probs = c(0.25, 0.5, 0.75), conf.int=FALSE) All estimated values for survival function including point-wise confidence interval. It is not good practice to stare at the histogram and attempt to identify the distribution of the population from which it was drawn. If you have a sample of n independent Weibull survival times, with parameters , and , then the likelihood function in terms of and is as follows: If you link the covariates to with , where is the vector of covariates corresponding to the i th observation and is a vector of regression coefficients, the log-likelihood function … given for the standard form of the function. In the following section I try to tweak the priors such that the simulations indicate some spread of reliability from 0 to 1 before seeing the data. For example, the median survival time (say,y50) may be of interest. It looks like we did catch the true parameters of the data generating process within the credible range of our posterior. The likelihood is multiplied by the prior and converted to a probability for each set of candidate \(\beta\) and \(\eta\). They must inform the analysis in some way - generally within the likelihood. Regardless, I refit the model with the (potentially) improved more realistic (but still not great) priors and found minimal difference in the model fit as shown below. Now the function above is used to create simulated data sets for different sample sizes (all have shape 3, scale = 100). The most credible estimate of reliability is ~ 98.8%, but it could plausibly also be as low as 96%. On average, the true parameters of shape = 3 and scale = 100 are correctly estimated. This hypothetical should be straightforward to simulate. The parameters we care about estimating are the shape and scale. subset Here we load a dataset from the lifelines package. 2.2 Weibull survival function for roots A survival function, also known as a complementary cumu-170 lative distribution function, is a probability function used in a broad range of applications that captures the failure probabil-ity of a complex system beyond a threshold. The following is the plot of the Weibull cumulative hazard function In both cases, it moves farther away from true. This approach is not optimal however since it is generally only practical when all tested units pass the test and even then the sample size requirement are quite restricting. To see how well these random Weibull data points are actually fit by a Weibull distribution, we generated the probability plot shown below. \( Z(p) = (-\ln(p))^{1/\gamma} \hspace{.3in} 0 \le p < 1; \gamma > 0 \). It’s time to get our hands dirty with some survival analysis! At n=30, there’s just a lot of uncertainty due to the randomness of sampling. 6 We also get information about the failure mode for free. For the model we fit above using MLE, a point estimate of the reliability at t=10 years (per the above VoC) can be calculated with a simple 1-liner: In this way we infer something important about the quality of the product by fitting a model from benchtop data. I do need to get better at doing these prior predictive simulations but it’s a deep, dark rabbit hole to go down on an already long post. remove any units that don’t fail from the data set completely and fit a model to the rest). \( \Gamma(a) = \int_{0}^{\infty} {t^{a-1}e^{-t}dt} \), expressed in terms of the standard Calculated reliability at time of interest. It is the vehicle from which we can infer some very important information about the reliability of the implant design. In an example given above, the proportion of men dying each year was constant at 10%, meaning that the hazard rate was constant. Gut-check on convergence of chains. data. Researchers in the medical sciences prefer employing Cox model for survival analysis. Weibull’s Derivation n (1 ( )) (1 ) − = − = F x P e − ϕn n x ( ) ( ) 1 = − F x e −ϕx( ) x x o m u x x x F x e ( ) ( ) 1 − − = − A cdf can be transformed into the form This is convenient because Among simplest functions satisfying the condition is The function ϕ(x)must be positive, non … All in all there isn’t much to see. Survivor function: S(t) def= 1 F(t) = P(T>t) for t>0: The survivor function simply indicates the probability that the event of in-terest has not yet occurred by time t; thus, if T denotes time until death, S(t) denotes probability of surviving beyond time t. Note that, for an arbitrary … Recall that the survivor function is 1 minus the cumulative distribution function, S(t) = 1 - F(t). The industry standard way to do this is to test n=59 parts for 24 days (each day on test representing 1 month in service). For each set of 30 I fit a model and record the MLE for the parameters. For that, we need Bayesian methods which happen to also be more fun. First and foremost - we would be very interested in understanding the reliability of the device at a time of interest. x \ge 0; \gamma > 0 \). Is it confused by the censored data? Set of 800 to demonstrate Bayesian updating. In this post, I’ll explore reliability modeling techniques that are applicable to Class III medical device testing. We haven’t looked closely at our priors yet (shame on me) so let’s do that now. But we still don’t know why the highest density region of our posterior isn’t centered on the true value. Are there too few data and we are just seeing sampling variation? Just like with the survival package, the default parameterization in brms can easily trip you up. Since Weibull regression model allows for simultaneous description of treatment effect in terms of HR and relative change in survival time, ConvertWeibull() function is used to convert output from survreg() to more clinically relevant parameterization. If I was to try to communicate this in words, I would say: Why does any of this even matter? All devices were tested until failure (no censored data). Don’t fall for these tricks - just extract the desired information as follows: survival package defaults for parameterizing the Weibull distribution: Ok let’s see if the model can recover the parameters when we providing survreg() the tibble with n=30 data points (some censored): Extract and covert shape and scale with broom::tidy() and dplyr: What has happened here? 11 I an not an expert here, but I believe this is because very vague default Gamma priors aren’t good for prior predictive simulations but quickly adapt to the first few data points they see.8. This is a good way to visualize the uncertainty in a way that makes intuitive sense. Here we compare the effect of the different treatments of censored data on the parameter estimates. I set the function up in anticipation of using the survreg() function from the survival package in R. The syntax is a little funky so some additional detail is provided below. Once we fit a Weibull model to the test data for our device, we can use the reliability function to calculate the probability of survival beyond time t.3, \[\text{R} (t | \beta, \eta) = e ^ {- \bigg (\frac{t}{\eta} \bigg ) ^ {\beta}}\], t = the time of interest (for example, 10 years). Given the low model sensitivity across the range of priors I tried, I’m comfortable moving on to investigate sample size. \hspace{.3in} x \ge \mu; \gamma, \alpha > 0 \), where γ is the shape parameter, can be described by the monomial function –1 ( )= t ht β β αα This defines the Weibull distribution with corresponding cdf Also, because the Weibull distribution is derived from the assumption of a monomial hazard function, it is very good at describing survival statistics, such as survival times after a diagnosis of cancer, light bulb failure times and divorce rates, among other things. Not many analysts understand the science and application of survival analysis, but because of its natural use cases in multiple scenarios, it is difficult to avoid!P.S. The Weibull distribution is named for Professor Waloddi Weibull whose papers led to the wide use of the After viewing the default predictions, I did my best to iterate on the priors to generate something more realisti. the same values of γ as the pdf plots above. I admit this looks a little strange because the data that were just described as censored (duration greater than 100) show as “FALSE” in the censored column. We use the update() function in brms to update and save each model with additional data. These data are just like those used before - a set of n=30 generated from a Weibull with shape = 3 and scale = 100. ∗ At time t = ∞, S(t) = S(∞) = 0. The case At the end of the day, both the default and the iterated priors result in similar model fits and parameter estimates after seeing just n=30 data points. This means the .05 quantile is the analogous boundary for a simulated 95% confidence interval. Once the parameters of the best fitting Weibull distribution of determined, they can be used to make useful inferences and predictions. Weibull probability plot: We generated 100 Weibull random variables using \(T\) = 1000, \(\gamma\) = 1.5 and \(\alpha\) = 5000. a formula expression as for other regression models. We can do better by borrowing reliability techniques from other engineering domains where tests are run to failure and modeled as events vs. time. * Used brms to fit Bayesian models with censored data. Survival function, S(t) or Reliability function, R(t). with the same values of γ as the pdf plots above. If you have a sample of independent Weibull survival times, with parameters , and , then the likelihood function in terms of and is as follows: If you link the covariates to with , where is the vector of covariates corresponding to the th observation and is a vector of regression coefficients, the log-likelihood function … This distribution gives much richer information than the MLE point estimate of reliability. We are also going to … The precision increase here is more smooth since supplemental data is added to the original set instead of just drawing completely randomly for each sample size. Step 4. Review of Last lecture (2) Implication of these functions: I The survival function S(x) is the probability of an individual surviving to time x. I The hazard function h(x), sometimes termed risk function, is the chance an individual of time x experiences the event in the next instant in … Lognormal and gamma are both known to model time-to-failure data well. The formula for asking brms to fit a model looks relatively the same as with survival. Let’s fit a model to the same data set, but we’ll just treat the last time point as if the device failed there (i.e. This function calls kthe shape parameter and 1=the scale parameter.) This is due to the default syntax of the survreg() function in the survival package that we intend to fit the model with:5. \( F(x) = 1 - e^{-(x^{\gamma})} \hspace{.3in} x \ge 0; \gamma > 0 \). Prior Predictive Simulation - Default Priors. \( H(x) = x^{\gamma} \hspace{.3in} x \ge 0; \gamma > 0 \). One question that I’d like to know is: What would happen if we omitted the censored data completely or treated it like the device failed at the last observed time point? we’ll have lots of failures at t=100). Combine into single tibble and convert intercept to scale. Evaluate Sensitivity of Reliability Estimate to Sample Size. μ is the location parameter and In the following section I work with test data representing the number of days a set of devices were on test before failure.2 Each day on test represents 1 month in service. Part 1 has an alpha parameter of 1,120 and beta parameter of 2.2, while Part 2 has alpha = 1,080 and beta = 2.9. Plotting the joint distributions for the three groups: Our censored data set (purple) is closest to true. See the documentation for Surv, lm and formula for details. Stein and Dattero (1984) have pointed out that a series system with two components that are independent and identically distributed have a distribution of the form in (3.104) . By introducing the exponent \(\gamma\) in the term below, we allow the hazard to … Step 5. I was taught to visualize what the model thinks before seeing the data via prior predictive simulation. Evaluated effect of sample size and explored the different between updating an existing data set vs. drawing new samples. Here is a summary of where we ended up going in the post: * Fit some models using fitdistr plus using data that was not censored. There’s a lot going on here so it’s worth it to pause for a minute. Now another model where we just omit the censored data completely (i.e. Such data often follows a Weibull distribution which is flexible enough to accommodate many different failure rates and patterns. Create tibble of posterior draws from partially censored, un-censored, and censor-omitted models with identifier column. I recreate the above in ggplot2, for fun and practice. In short, to convert to scale we need to both undo the link function by taking the exponent and then refer to the brms documentation to understand how the mean \(\mu\) relates to the scale \(\beta\). The key is that brm() uses a log-link function on the mean \(\mu\). To start out with, let’s take a frequentist approach and fit a 2-parameter Weibull distribution to these data. In this method we feed in a sequence of candidate combinations for \(\beta\) and \(\eta\) and determine which pairs were most likely to give rise to the data. But since I’m already down a rabbit hole let’s just check to see how the different priors impact the estimates. I will look at the problem from both a frequentist and Bayesian perspective and explore censored and un-censored data types. That is a dangerous combination! The Weibull isn’t the only possible distribution we could have fit. In survival analysis we are waiting to observe the event of interest. optional vector of case weights. distribution, all subsequent formulas in this section are I made a good-faith effort to do that, but the results are funky for brms default priors. Estimate cumulative hazard and fit Weibull cumulative hazard functions. There is no explicit formula for the hazard either, but this may be com- puted easily as the ratio of the density to the survivor function, (t) = f(t)=S(t). Evaluate chains and convert to shape and scale. To do that, we need many runs at the same sample size. Once again we should question: is the software working properly? So that you can get the general idea, we will give detailed results for the lognormal distribution. weights. The most common experimental design for this type of testing is to treat the data as attribute i.e. They also do not represent true probabilistic distributions as our intuition expects them to and cannot be propagated through complex systems or simulations. Estimate and plot cumulative distribution function for each gender. This is hard and I do know I need to get better at it. 2-parameter Weibull distribution. This should give is confidence that we are treating the censored points appropriately and have specified them correctly in the brm() syntax. \( h(x) = \gamma x^{(\gamma - 1)} \hspace{.3in} x \ge 0; \gamma > 0 \). New content will be added above the current area of focus upon selection Assessed sensitivity of priors and tried to improve our priors over the default. estimation for the Weibull distribution. The syntax of the censoring column is brms (1 = censored). Weibull survival function A key assumption of the exponential survival function is that the hazard rate is constant. Let’s start with the question about the censoring. Thank you for reading! {\alpha})^{(\gamma - 1)}\exp{(-((x-\mu)/\alpha)^{\gamma})} Fit and save a model to each of the above data sets. However, it is certainly not centered. My goal is to expand on what I’ve been learning about GLM’s and get comfortable fitting data to Weibull distributions. (The median may be preferable to the mean … In the code below, the .05 quantile of reliability is estimated for each time requirement of interest where we have 1000 simulation at each. Is the sample size a problem? The .05 quantile of the reliability distribution at each requirement approximates the 1-sided lower bound of the 95% confidence interval. This delta can mean the difference between a successful and a failing product and should be considered as you move through project phase gates. We can sample from the grid to get the same if we weight the draws by probability. In the brms framework, censored data are designated by a 1 (not a 0 as with the survival package). Here are the reliabilities at t=15 implied by the default priors. The operation looks like this:7. Plot the grid approximation of the posterior. A survival curve can be created based on a Weibull distribution. Fair warning – expect the workflow to be less linear than normal to allow for these excursions. same values of γ as the pdf plots above. Within the tibble of posterior draws we convert the intercept to scale using the formula previously stated. By comparison, the discrete Weibull I has survival function of the same form as the continuous counterpart, while discrete Weibull II has the same form for the hazard rate function. This allows for a straightforward computation of the range of credible reliabilities at t=10 via the reliability function. To start, we fit a simple model with default priors. I have all the code for this simulation for the defaults in the Appendix. Step 3. Given the hazard function, we can integrate it to find the survival function, from which we can obtain the cdf, whose derivative is the pdf. 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