Reliability Data Banks by A. Bendell (auth.), A. G. Cannon, A. Bendell (eds.)

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D. , The Statistical Analysis of Failure Time Data. John Wiley, Chichester, 1980. 28. Wightman, D. W. & Bendell, A, The practical application of proportional hazards modelling. Reliab. Engng, 15 (1986) 29-55. 29. Colombo, A G. , Bayesian estimation of the time-independent failure rate of an item, taking into account its quality and operational constraints. Proc. , 1983. 30. Crow, L. H. & Singpurwalla, N. , An empirically derived Fourier series model for describing software failures. IEEE Trans.

Consideration of these factors has led to two definable approaches. The first approach, which is now, for various reasons, increasingly used, is where the data system is designed after thorough analysis of the components of the plant system under consideration. This process is at first very labour intensive and expensive, but when complete is an investment for the system life. The alternative approach is to arrange the data storage to handle the component descriptions as they arise from the data retrieval system.

Time series methodology is another well-established branch of statistical techniques, which makes few intrinsic assumptions about the data being modelled and which attempts to explain patterns in consecutive time between failures (or other quantities). Some of the more interesting studies are those of Singpurwalla21 ,22 and Crow and Singpurwalla. 30 Walls and Bendell 24 pointed out, however, that reliability data typically contain more inherent variability than in other application areas to which time series analysis has long been successfully applied, and that developments of methodology will be necessary in this area.

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