Left and Right Censoring

When censoring, a distinction can be made to reflect the "side" of the time dimension at which censoring occurs. Consider an experiment where we start with 100 light bulbs, and terminate the experiment after a certain amount of time. In this experiment the censoring always occurs on the right side (right censoring), because the researcher knows when exactly the experiment started, and the censoring always occurs on the right side of the time continuum. Alternatively, it is conceivable that the censoring occurs on the left side (left censoring). For example, in biomedical research, the researcher may know that a patient entered the hospital at a particular date, and that s/he survived for a certain amount of time thereafter; however, the researcher does not know when exactly the symptoms of the disease first occurred or were diagnosed.

Data sets with censored observations can be analyzed via the Survival Analysis module or via the Weibull and Reliability/Failure Time Analysis options in the Process Analysis module; additional information about different types of censoring can also be found there. See also: Type I and II Censoring and Single and Multiple Censoring.