Several Types of Failure: Competing Risks

  • Albert W. Marshall
  • Ingram Olkin
Part of the Springer Series in Statistics book series (SSS)


When vaccination against smallpox became practical in the middle of the eighteenth century, Bernoulli (1760) became interested in the question of how life tables would be affected if deaths from smallpox were eliminated through mandatory vaccination. At the time, various life tables were available; these tables were based upon data from which it was possible to determine not just the age at death, but also whether death was due to smallpox or some other cause.


Latent Variable Joint Distribution Survival Function Independent Random Variable Latent Life 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Springer 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert W. Marshall
    • 1
  • Ingram Olkin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of StatisticsUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Department of StatisticsStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

Personalised recommendations