# What is out come cox regression in xgboost

I am running xgboost where objective is survival:cox and eval_metric is cox-nloglik. Y range from -800 to 800. However, predicted values are way to large in range from 10^3 to 10^13. I am not sure why is it ? what is outcome of cox regression in xgboost is.

In the documentation, you can find that the predictions are returned on the hazard ratio scale:

survival:cox Cox regression for right censored survival time data (negative values are considered right censored). Note that predictions are returned on the hazard ratio scale (i.e., as HR = exp(marginal_prediction) in the proportional hazard function h(t) = h0(t) * HR).

In other words, in a Cox proportional hazards rate model we have:

$$h(t)=h_0(t)×X$$

where $$X$$ in a traditional linear model is of the form $$exp(b_1x_1+b_2x_2+...+b_px_p)$$, and $$h_0(t) =$$ baseline hazard rate function. In the xgboost case with tree base learners, $$X$$ is the exponentiated prediction generated by the weighted sum of individual trees trained on the negative gradient of a loss function designed for survival data in particular.

In other words, the predicted values are not times of failure.

I find the xgboost documentation on the survival:cox setting to be extremely sparse and not well described. To my knowledge, I do not believe there exists an internal method to derive $$h_0(t)$$ for example.