# lifelines 0.2.2.8

Survival analysis in Python, including Kaplan Meier, Nelson Aalen and regression

lifelines
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<img src="http://i.imgur.com/pwGRqiR.png" height="200"/>

[What is survival analysis and why should I learn it?](http://lifelines.readthedocs.org/en/latest/Survival%20Analysis%20intro.html)
Survival analysis was originally developed and applied heavily by the actuarial and medical community. Its purpose was to answer *why do events occur now versus later* under uncertainity (where *events* might refer to deaths, disease remission, etc.). This is great for researchers who are interested in measuring lifetimes: they can answer questions like *what factors might influence deaths?*

But outside of medicine and actuarial science, there are many other interesting and exciting applications of this
lesser-known technique, for example:
- SaaS providers are interested in measuring customer lifetimes, or time to first behaviours.
- sociologists are interested in measure political parties lifetimes, or relationships, or marriages

*lifelines* is a pure Python implementation of the best parts of survival analysis. We'd love to hear if you are using *lifelines*, please ping me at [@cmrn_dp](https://twitter.com/Cmrn_DP) and let me know your
thoughts on the library.

## Installation:

####Dependencies:

The usual Python data stack: Numpy, Scipy, Pandas (a modern version please), Matplotlib

#### Installing

You can install *lifelines* using

pip install lifelines

Or getting the bleeding edge version with:

pip install git+https://github.com/CamDavidsonPilon/lifelines.git

from the command line.

## Intro to *lifelines* and survival analysis

Situation: 500 random individuals are born at time 0, currently it is time 12, so we have possibly not observed all death events yet.

censor_after = 12
C = (actual_lifetimes < censor_after) #boolean array

Non-parametrically fit the *survival curve*:

from lifelines import KaplanMeierFitter

kmf = KaplanMeierFitter()

# fitter methods have an internal plotting method.
# plot the curve with the confidence intervals
kmf.plot()

![kmf](http://i.imgur.com/Bq73IfN.png)

It looks like 50% of all individuals are dead before time 7.

time KM-estimate
0.000000 1.000
0.038912 0.998
0.120667 0.996
0.125719 0.994
0.133778 0.992

Non-parametrically fit the *cumulative hazard curve*:

from lifelines import NelsonAalenFitter

naf = NelsonAalenFitter()

#plot the curve with the confidence intervals
naf.plot()

![naf](http://i.imgur.com/2L7arWX.png)

time NA-estimate
0.000000 0.000000
0.038912 0.002000
0.120667 0.004004
0.125719 0.006012
0.133778 0.008024

Compare two populations using the logrank test:

from lifelines.statistics import logrank_test

print summary

Results
df: 1
alpha: 0.95
t 0: -1
test: logrank
null distribution: chi squared

__ p-value ___|__ test statistic __|__ test results __
0.00000 | 268.465 | True

## (Less Quick) Intro to *lifelines* and survival analysis

If you are new to survival analysis, wondering why it is useful, or are interested in *lifelines* examples and syntax,

Alternatively, you can **use the IPython notebooks tutorials**, located in the main directory of the repo:

1. [Introduction to survival analysis](http://nbviewer.ipython.org/github/CamDavidsonPilon/lifelines/blob/master/Survival%20Analysis%20intro.ipynb)
2. [Using lifelines on real data](http://nbviewer.ipython.org/github/CamDavidsonPilon/lifelines/blob/master/Intro%20to%20lifelines.ipynb)

#### More examples

There are some IPython notebook files in the repo, and you can view them online here.

- [Divorce data](http://nbviewer.ipython.org/urls/raw.github.com/CamDavidsonPilon/lifelines/master/datasets/Divorces%2520Rates.ipynb)
- [Gehan's survival dataset](http://nbviewer.ipython.org/urls/raw.github.com/CamDavidsonPilon/lifelines/master/datasets/The%2520Gehan%2520Survival%2520Data.ipynb)

![lifelines](http://i.imgur.com/QXW71zA.png)

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