Weibull Tolerance Intervals Associated with Small Survival Proportions; For Use in a New Formulation of Lanchester Combat Theory
ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL CORP THOUSAND OAKS CA SCIENCE CENTER
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Given herein is an easily implemented method for obtaining from complete or censored data, approximate tolerance intervals associated with the upper tail of a Weibull distribution. These approximate intervals are based on point estimators that make essentially most efficient use of sample data. They agree extremely well with exact intervals obtained by Monte Carlo simulation procedures for sample sizes of about 10 or larger when specified survival proportions are sufficiently small. Ranges over which the error in the approximation is within 2 percent are determined. The motivation for investigation of the methodology for obtaining the approximate tolerance intervals was provided by the new formulation of Lanchester Combat Theory by Grubbs and Shuford, which suggests a Weibull assumption for time-to- incapacitation of key targets. With the procedures investigated herein, one can use censored data from battle simulations to obtain confidence intervals on battle times associated with given low survivor proportions of key targets belonging to either specified side in a future battle. It is also possible to calculate confidence intervals on a survival proportion of key targets corresponding to a given battle duration time.
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