Survival Kit, software
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This resource is to describe the usage of Survival Kit^{[1]}^{[2]}^{[3]} software package used for survival analysis (the paper). The focus will be on step by step description how to run the basic examples with fixed effects. The real advantage of the Survival Kit is its ability to handle very large databases (up to several million records) including random effects. This is however outside of scope of this beginner guide, while novice users should get familiar with the basic principles first.
The description deals with Survival Kit v6.06 available online at boku.ac.at.
Release notes

General description of the Survival Kit
editThe Survival Kit is intended for survival analysis using proportional hazards model with a single response time. These models describe the hazard function of each individual (i.e. its limiting probability of dying at time t, given it is still alive just prior to t) as the product of a baseline hazard function and a positive (exponential) function of explanatory covariates. The baseline hazard function can be parametric (Weibull model) or left unspecified (Cox model^{[4]}).
When the failure time variable is discrete (i.e. has very few values) and many observations with the same failure times, many ties occur between failure times. In such case, the Cox model is not valid any more, but the "grouped data" approach^{[5]} should be used.
The Survival Kit consists from 3 main programs:
 Prepare  for database preparation, internal recoding
 Cox  for non parametric Cox model^{[4]}
 Weibull  for grouped data^{[5]} or parametric Weibull models
Prerequisites
editThe reader should be familiar with the basic concepts of survival analysis. Basic knowledge of computer usage is expected.
Note
editUsers with practical experiences are encouraged to share them here. If something is not clear ask here or here.
See also
editSearch for Survival analysis on Wikipedia. 
References
edit ↑ Ducrocq, V., Sölkner J.(1998) Proc. 6th World Cong. on Genet. Appl. To Livest. Prod., 27: 447448.
 ↑ Sölkner J., Ducrocq, V., (1999) Workshop on Genetic Improvement of Functional Traits in Cattle  Longevity, JouyenJosas, France
 ↑ Ducrocq, V., Sölkner, J. and Mészáros G. (2010). Survival Kit v6 – a Software Package for Survival Analysis. In: 9th World Cong. Genet. Appl. Livest. Prod., Leipzig, Germany.
 ↑ ^{4.0} ^{4.1} Cox, D.R. (1972) J. R. Stat. Soc., Series B, 34: 187220.
 ↑ ^{5.0} ^{5.1} Prentice, R. and Gloeckler, L. (1978) Biometrics, 34:5767.