This paper demonstrates the usefulness of approaching an old problem in a new statistical way by using duration analysis to analyze nuclear power plant operations in Western Europe. The stochastic process analysis disaggregates commonly used statistics, such as the availability factor, and shows that there are major differences even among Western European countries, which are obscured by aggregate summary statistics.
Originally published in: Allgemeines Statistisches Archive, no. 77, October-December 1993, pp. 417-432.
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