Accession Number : AD1029811

Title :   Analysis of Sensitivity Experiments - An Expanded Primer

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate Eglin AFB United States

Personal Author(s) : Nance,Douglas V

Full Text :

Report Date : 08 Mar 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 96

Abstract : This report is expository in nature and is intended to explain the basic concept of a sensitivity experiment as well as the analysis of its data. These experiments are widely applicable to engineering problems that involve binary (pass/fail of go/no-go) outcomes. We begin by introducing the simple idea behind a sensitivity experiment; then we describe the basic Up and Down testing method. Particular emphasis is placed upon the parameter this procedure is intended to identify. Next, we describe specific Probit analyses, for analyzing sensitivity test data. A specialized version of this scheme is derived for stable digital computation. Confidence region estimation is discussed along with an analysis of variance. The Logit method is also presented as an alternative to the Probit method. A set of example problems are solved; our results are compared with archival solutions.

Descriptors :   EXPERIMENTAL DATA , random variables , probability distributions , test methods , probability density functions , normal distribution , factor analysis , algorithms , integrals , degrees of freedom , SENSITIVITY

Subject Categories : Statistics and Probability
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE