A simulation study on power comparisons for group sequential tests of non-parametric statistics

Demirhan Y. P. , Demirhan H., Bacanli S.

JOURNAL OF STATISTICAL COMPUTATION AND SIMULATION, vol.79, no.6, pp.769-785, 2009 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 79 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00949650801930682
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.769-785


In this article, a group sequential test (GST) of non-parametric statistics for survival data is briefly reviewed. An asymptotic joint distribution of the test statistics, obtained after each interim analysis, is given to illustrate the applicability of the critical values of the GST procedures. It should be noted that censored observations are generally seen in survival data. Therefore, if one makes power calculations irrespective of censoring, reliable results may not be achieved, due to the lack of information about the censoring structure. A wide simulation study, covering different censoring rates and tied observations, is conducted to make the power comparisons under various scenarios. The simulation results are interpreted and compared with the results obtained by using power analysis and sample size (PASS) software.