Multistate Reliability Models: A Survey.
KENTUCKY UNIV LEXINGTON DEPT OF STATISTICS
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For a long time, the vast majority of the models in reliability theory have concentrated on the case in which both components and systems assume only two possible states functioning and failed. Unfortunately, this represents a gross oversimplification of the many real life situations in which both components and systems actually assume a variety of states ranging from perfect operation to complete failure. More recently, papers have appeared which treat the more sophisticated and more realistic situations in which components and systems may assume many states. In the present paper, a survey is made of earlier work, but more especially of some quite recent work some completed, some still in progress by the relatively small number of researchers active in this important new area of reliability. It is becoming apparent that this research will generate results not only of value in reliability applications, but also of independent interest in multivariate statistical analysis. Author
- Statistics and Probability
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems