Statistical Inference From Censored Weihull Samples


In life testing experiments it is a fairly common practice to terminate the experiment before all items have failed. The Weibull distribution is often used as a model for the observations and when a computer is available maximum likelihood estimation of the parameters is to be recommended. The tables presented in this paper enable one to set confidence limits on the parameters and the reliability based on the maximum likelihood estimates for selected censoring and sample sizes. It is also observed that, as in the case with no censoring, the maximum likelihood estimator of the reliability is very nearly unbiased and its variance is near the Cramér-Rao lower bound, Unbiasing factors for the maximum likelihood estimator of the shape parameter are given. © 1972 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


Mathematics and Statistics

Keywords and Phrases

Censored Samples; Maximum Likelihood; Reliability; Weilbull Distribution

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

1537-2723; 0040-1706

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Article - Journal

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Publication Date

01 Jan 1972