Centre for Advanced Study

at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

Statistical Analysis of Complex Event History Data


Former 2005/2006 Natural Sciences - Medicine - Mathematics


Survival and Event history analysis denote a set of statistical methods used to analyse and describe life times, durations and more complex event histories. It is the traditional tool for analysing incidence and prognosis of cancer and other chronic diseases, but is also of importance in fields like demography, social science, economics, and technical reliability. Although a large body of theory and methods exists, the methodology for analysing complex event histories, with many events and concomitant information (covariates) measured at the entry to the study and during the follow up, is still not well developed. One example would be a clinical study where success of a treatment cannot only be measured by survival, but also by how the course of the disease develops, e.g., with respect to periods of remission and quality of life. The purpose of the project at the Norwegian Centre for Advanced studies is to contribute to the development of statistical methodology for complex event history data. In particular we aim to • study connections with modern methods of causality • study methods that account in a realistic way for unobserved heterogeneity • study methods for proper inclusion of high dimensional gene expression data in the analysis of survival and event history data • develop alternatives to the commonly used Cox regression that are better suited to handle dynamic covariates and time-varying covariate effects • develop useful summary measures of complex event histories


  • Andersen, Per Kragh
    Professor University of Copenhagen 2005/2006
  • Böhm, Christine
    - University of Freiburg 2005/2006
  • Bøvelstad, Hege Marie
    Ph. D. Candidate University of Oslo (UiO) 2005/2006
  • Didelez, Vanessa
    Dr. University College London 2005/2006
  • Eide, Geir Egil
    Associate Professor Haukeland University Hospital 2005/2006
  • Farewell, Vernon Todd
    Senior Researcher Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit 2005/2006
  • Farewell, Daniel Mark
    Research Fellow Cardiff University 2005/2006
  • Fosen, Johan
    Senior Advisor Statistics Norway 2005/2006
  • Frigessi, Arnoldo
    Professor University of Oslo (UiO) 2005/2006
  • Gandy, Axel
    Lecturer Imperial College London 2005/2006
  • Gjessing, Håkon K.
    Professor Norwegian Institute of Public Health 2005/2006
  • Gran, Jon Michael
    Research Fellow University of Oslo (UiO) 2005/2006
  • Gunnes, Nina
    Research Fellow University of Oslo (UiO) 2005/2006
  • Henderson, Robin
    Professor Newcastle University 2005/2006
  • Hjort, Nils Lid
    Professor University of Oslo (UiO) 2005/2006
  • Keiding, Niels
    Professor University of Copenhagen 2005/2006
  • Kvaløy, Jan Terje
    Associate Professor University of Stavanger (UiS) 2005/2006
  • Lindqvist, Bo Henry
    Professor Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) 2005/2006
  • Martinussen, Torben
    Associate Professor The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University 2005/2006
  • Nygård, Ståle
    Research Fellow University of Oslo (UiO) 2005/2006
  • Samuelsen, Sven Ove
    Associate Professor University of Oslo (UiO) 2005/2006
  • Scheike, Thomas Harder
    Lecturer University of Copenhagen 2005/2006
  • van Houwelingen, Hans C.
    Professor Leiden University Medical Center 2005/2006

Group leader

  • Odd Olai Aalen

    Title Professor Institution University of Oslo (UiO) Year at CAS 2005/2006
  • Ørnulf Borgan

    Title Professor Institution University of Oslo (UiO) Year at CAS 2005/2006