PROC SEVERITY enables you to specify that the response variable values are lefttruncated or rightcensored. The following
DATA step expands the data set of the previous example to simulate a scenario that is typically encountered by an automobile
insurance company. The values of the variable Y
represent the loss values on claims that are reported to an auto insurance company. The variable THRESHOLD
records the deductible on the insurance policy. If the actual value of Y
is less than or equal to the deductible, then it is unobservable and does not get recorded. In other words, THRESHOLD
specifies the lefttruncation of Y
. LIMIT
records the policy limit. If the value of Y
is equal to or greater than the recorded value, then the observation is rightcensored.
/* Lognormal Model with lefttruncation and censoring */ data test_sev2(keep=y threshold limit label='A Lognormal Sample With Censoring and Truncation'); set test_sev1; label y='Censored & Truncated Response'; if _n_ = 1 then call streaminit(45679); /* make about 20% of the observations lefttruncated */ if (rand('UNIFORM') < 0.2) then threshold = y * (1  rand('UNIFORM')); else threshold = .; /* make about 15% of the observations rightcensored */ iscens = (rand('UNIFORM') < 0.15); if (iscens) then limit = y; else limit = .; run;
The following statements use the AICC criterion to analyze which of the four predefined distributions (lognormal, Burr, gamma, and Weibull) has the best fit for the data:
proc severity data=test_sev2 crit=aicc print=all plots=(cdfperdist pp qq); loss y / lt=threshold rc=limit; dist logn burr gamma weibull; run;
The LOSS statement specifies the lefttruncation and rightcensoring variables. The DIST statement specifies the candidate distributions. The PRINT= option in the PROC SEVERITY statement requests that all the displayed output be prepared. The PLOTS= option in the PROC SEVERITY statement requests that the CDF plot, PP plot, and QQ plot be prepared for each candidate distribution in addition to the default plots.
Some of the key results prepared by PROC SEVERITY are shown in Figure 23.6 through Figure 23.13. In addition to the estimates of the range, mean, and standard deviation of Y
, the "Descriptive Statistics for y
" table shown in Figure 23.6 also indicates the number of observations that are lefttruncated or rightcensored. The "Model Selection" table in Figure 23.6 shows that models with all the candidate distributions have converged and that the Logn (lognormal) model has the best fit
for the data according to the AICC criterion.
PROC SEVERITY also prepares a table that shows all the fit statistics for all the candidate models. It is useful to see which model would be the best fit according to each of the criteria. The "All Fit Statistics" table prepared for this example is shown in Figure 23.7. It indicates that the lognormal model is chosen by all the criteria.
Figure 23.7: Comparing All Statistics of Fit for the Truncated and Censored Data
All Fit Statistics  

Distribution  2 Log Likelihood 
AIC  AICC  BIC  KS  AD  CvM  
Logn  294.80301  *  298.80301  *  298.92672  *  304.01335  *  0.51824  *  0.34736  *  0.05159  * 
Burr  296.41229  302.41229  302.66229  310.22780  0.66984  0.36712  0.05726  
Gamma  295.32921  299.32921  299.45293  304.53955  0.62511  0.42921  0.05526  
Weibull  305.14408  309.14408  309.26779  314.35442  0.93307  1.40699  0.17465  
Note: The asterisk (*) marks the best model according to each column's criterion. 
The plot that compares EDF and CDF estimates is shown in Figure 23.8. When you specify lefttruncation, both the EDF and CDF estimates are conditional on the response variable being greater than the smallest lefttruncation threshold in the sample.
When you specify the PLOTS=CDFPERDIST option, PROC SEVERITY prepares a plot that compares the nonparametric EDF estimates with the parametric CDF estimates for each distribution. These plots for lognormal and Weibull distributions are shown in Figure 23.9. These plots also contain the lower and upper confidence limits of EDF for the specified confidence level. Because no confidence level is specified in the EDFALPHA= option in the PROC SEVERITY statement, a default confidence level of 95% is used, which is equivalent to specifying EDFALPHA=0.05. If the CDF estimates lie entirely within the EDF confidence interval, then you can be 95% confident that the parametric and nonparametric estimates are in agreement.
Figure 23.9: Comparing EDF and CDF Estimates for Lognormal and Weibull Models Fitted to Truncated and Censored Data


There are two additional ways to compare nonparametric (empirical) and parametric estimates for each model that has not failed to converge:
A PP plot is a scatter plot of the EDF and the CDF estimates. The model for which the points are scattered closer to the unitslope reference line is a better fit. The PP plot for the lognormal distribution is shown in Figure 23.10. It indicates that the EDF and the CDF match very closely. In contrast, the PP plot for the Weibull distribution, also shown in Figure 23.10, indicates a poor fit.
A QQ plot is a scatter plot of empirical quantiles and the quantiles of a parametric distribution. Like the PP plot, points scattered closer to the unitslope reference line indicate a better fit. The QQ plots of lognormal and Weibull distributions are shown in Figure 23.11, which confirm the conclusions arrived at by comparing the PP plots.
All the predefined distributions have parameter initialization functions built into them. For the current example, Figure 23.12 shows the initial values that are obtained by the predefined method for the Burr distribution. It also shows the summary of the optimization process and the final parameter estimates.
You can specify a different set of initial values if estimates are available from fitting the distribution to similar data. For this example, the parameters of the Burr distribution can be initialized with the final parameter estimates of the Burr distribution that were obtained in the first example (shown in Figure 23.5). One of the ways in which you can specify the initial values is as follows:
/* Specifying initial values using INIT= option */ proc severity data=test_sev2 crit=aicc print=all plots=none; loss y / lt=threshold rc=limit; dist burr(init=(theta=4.62348 alpha=1.15706 gamma=6.41227)); run;
The names of the parameters that are specified in the INIT option must match the parameter names in the definition of the distribution. The results obtained with these initial values are shown in Figure 23.13. These results indicate that new set of initial values causes the optimizer to reach the same solution with fewer iterations and function evaluations as compared to the default initialization.