Cover: Statistical Estimation Procedures for the "Burn-In" Process

Statistical Estimation Procedures for the "Burn-In" Process

Published 1966

by Richard E. Barlow, Frank Proschan, Ernest M. Scheuer

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A consideration of the problem of estimating a decreasing failure-rate function from a censored or truncated sample. A conservative upper confidence bound for the failure rate at the time that the "burn-in" process ends, and the maximum-likelihood estimate of the failure-rate function, are obtained under quite general conditions. The appendix was written by Albert Madansky. (See also RM-4749-NASA.)

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