simJM {bamlss}R Documentation

Simulate longitudinal and survival data for joint models


Simulates longitudinal data with normal error and (Cox-type) survival times using the inversion method. The function simJM() is a wrapper specifying all predictors and the resulting data sets. The wrapper calls rJM() to sample the survival times, a modified version of rSurvtime() from the R package CoxFlexBoost.


simJM(nsub = 300, times = seq(0, 120, 1), probmiss = 0.75,
  long_setting = "functional",
  alpha_setting = if(nonlinear) "linear" else "nonlinear",
  dalpha_setting = "zero", sigma = 0.3, long_df = 6, tmax = NULL,
  seed = NULL, full = FALSE, file = NULL, nonlinear = FALSE,
  fac = FALSE)
rJM(hazard, censoring, x, r, 
  subdivisions = 1000, tmin = 0, tmax,
  file = NULL, ...)



number of individuals for which longitudinal data and survival times should be simulated.


vector of time points at which longitudinal measurements are "sampled".


proportion of longitudinal measurements to be set to missing. Used to induce sparsity in the longitudinal measurements.


Specification of the longitudinal trajectories of the sampled subjects. Preset specifications are "linear", "nonlinear" and "functional". See Details.


specification of the association between survival and longitudinal. Preset specifications are "simple", "linear", "nonlinear" and "nonlinear2". See Details.


specification of the association between survival and the derivative of the longitudinal. Work in progress.


standard deviation of the normal error around the true longitudinal measurements.


number of basis functions from which functional random intercepts are sampled.


For function simJM(), longest possible survival time, observations are censored after that timepoint. Defaults to max(times) and should not be specified longer than max(times) for longitudinal setting "functional". For function rJM(), latest time point to sample a survival time.


numeric scalar setting the random seed.


logical indicating if only the longitudinal data set should be returned (FALSE) or additionally also the data for the survival part evaluated on a regular time grid and the longitudinal data set without longitudinal missings (TRUE).


name of the data file the generated data set should be stored into (e.g., "simdata.RData") or NULL if the dataset should directly be returned in R.


If set to TRUE, a nonlinear interaction between alpha and mu is simulated.


If set to TRUE, a smooth interaction that varies by a factor is simulated.


complete hazard function to specify the joint model. Time must be the first argument.


function to compute (random) censoring.


matrix of sampled covariate values.


matrix of sampled random coefficients.


the maximum number of subintervals for the integration.


earliest time point to sample a survival time.


further arguments to be passed to hazard or censoring.


The function simulates longitudinal data basing on the given specification at given times. The full hazard is built from all joint model predictors \eta_{\mu}, \eta_{\sigma}, \eta_{\lambda}, \eta_{\gamma}, \eta_{\alpha} as presented in Koehler, Umlauf, and Greven (2016), see also jm_bamlss. Survival times are sampled using the inversion method (cf. Bender, Augustin, & Blettner, 2005). Additional censoring and missingness is introduced. The longitudinal information is censored according to the survival information. The user can also specify own predictors and use only rJM to simulate survival times accordingly.

Pre-specified functions for \eta_{\mu} in long_setting are for linear

\eta_{\mu i}(t) = 1.25 + r_{1i} + 0.6 \sin(x_{2i}) + (-0.01) t + 0.02 r_{2i} t

, for nonlinear

\eta_{\mu i}(t) = 0.5 + r_{1i} + 0.6 \sin(x_{2i}) + 0.1 (t+1) \exp(-0.075 t)

and for functional

\eta_{\mu i}(t) = 0.5 + r_{1i} + 0.6 \sin(x_{2i}) + 0.1 (t+1) \exp(-0.075 t) + \sum_k \beta_{ki} B(t)

, where B(.) denotes a B-spline basis function and \beta_{ki} are the sampled penalized coefficients from gen_b per person.

Prespecified functions for \eta_{\alpha} in alpha_setting are for constant

\eta_{\alpha}(t) = 1

, for linear

\eta_{\alpha}(t) = 1 - 0.015 t

, for nonlinear

\eta_{\alpha}(t) = \cos((time-20)/20)

, and for nonlinear

\eta_{\alpha}(t) = \cos((time-33)/33)


Additionally the fixed functions for \eta_{\lambda} = 0.1(t+2)\exp(-0.075t) and \eta_{\lambda} = 0.1(t+2)\exp(-0.075t) are employed.


For full = TRUE a list of the three data.frames is returned:


Simulated dataset in long format including all longitudinal and survival covariates.


Dataset of the time-varying survival predictors which are not subject specific, evaluated at a grid of fixed time points.


Simulated data set prior to generating longitudinal missings. Useful to assess the longitudinal fit.

For full = FALSE only the first dataset is returned.

Covariates within these datasets include a subject identifier id, the sampled survival times survtime, the event indicator event, the time points of longitudinally "observed" measurements obstime, the longitudinal response y, the cumulative hazard at the survival time cumhaz, as well as covariates x1, x2, random effects r1, r2, b1, ..., and the true predictors alpha, lambda, gamma, mu, sigma.


Hofner, B (2016). CoxFlexBoost: Boosting Flexible Cox Models (with Time-Varying Effects). R package version 0.7-0.

Bender, R., Augustin, T., and Blettner, M. (2005). Generating Survival Times to Simulate Cox Proportional Hazards Models. Statistics in Medicine, 24, 1713-1723.

Koehler N, Umlauf N, Beyerlein, A., Winkler, C., Ziegler, A., and Greven S (2016). Flexible Bayesian Additive Joint Models with an Application to Type 1 Diabetes Research. (submitted)

See Also

jm_bamlss, opt_JM, sam_JM, bamlss.


## Not run: ## Simulate survival data
## with functional random intercepts and a nonlinear effect 
## of time, time-varying association alpha.
d <- simJM(nsub = 300)

## Simulate survival data
## with random intercepts/slopes and a linear effect of time,
## constant association alpha.
d <- simJM(nsub = 200, long_setting = "linear", 
  alpha_setting = "constant")

## End(Not run)

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