Reliability Modelling and Estimation

  • Martin Newby
Part of the Topics in Safety, Reliability and Quality book series (TSRX, volume 1)


Some simple models for the analysis of data from non-repairable systems are described and applied in some reliability and failure rate estimation problems. The analyses are used to illustrate the Bayesian approach to estimation. The importance of the link between the likelihood, prior and posterior is emphasised and examples are given to show the influence of the prior and the likelihood on the estimators obtained from the posterior density.


Hazard Rate Failure Time Posterior Density Residual Life Prior Density 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Newby
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  1. 1.Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management ScienceUniversity of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands

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