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## Accelerated Life Testing

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014): 481-505 , January 01, 2014

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Methods of accelerated life testing are applied to several kinds of progressively censored data. This includes step-stress testing as well as progressive stress models.

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## Proportional hazards regression under progressive Type-II censoring

### Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (2009) 61: 887-903 , November 01, 2009

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This paper proposes an inferential method for the semiparametric proportional hazards model for progressively Type-II censored data. We establish martingale properties of counting processes based on progressively Type-II censored data that allow to derive the asymptotic behavior of estimators of the regression parameter, the conditional cumulative hazard rate functions, and the conditional reliability functions. A Monte Carlo study and an example are provided to illustrate the behavior of our estimators and to compare progressive Type-II censoring sampling plans with classical Type-II right censoring sampling plan.

## Bivariate Distributions Constructed by the Conditional Approach

### Continuous Bivariate Distributions (2009): 229-278 , January 01, 2009

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In Section 5.6, we outlined the construction of a bivariate p.d.f. as the product of a marginal p.d.f. and a conditional p.d.f., *h*(*x,y*)=*f*(*x*)*g*(*y*|*x*). This construction is easily understood, and has been a popular choice in the literature, especially when *Y* can be thought of as being caused by, or predicted from, *X*. Arnold et al. (1999, p. 1) contend that it is often easier to visualize conditional densities or features of conditional densities than marginal or joint densities. They cite, for example, that it is not unreasonable to visualize that, in the human population, the distribution of heights for a given weight will be unimodal, with the mode of the conditional distribution varying monotonically with weight. Similarly, we may visualize a unimodal distribution of weights for a given height, this time with the mode varying monotonically with the height. Thus, construction of a bivariate distribution using two conditional distributions may be practically useful.

## Univariate Distributions

### Continuous Bivariate Distributions (2009): 1-32 , January 01, 2009

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A study of bivariate distributions cannot be complete without a sound background knowledge of the univariate distributions, which would naturally form the marginal or conditional distributions. The two encyclopedic volumes by Johnson et al. (1994, 1995) are the most comprehensive texts to date on continuous univariate distributions. Monographs by Ord (1972) and Hastings and Peacock (1975) are worth mentioning, with the latter being a convenient handbook presenting graphs of densities and various relationships between distributions. Another useful compendium is by Patel et al. (1976); Chapters 3 and 4 of Manoukian (1986) present many distributions and relations between them. Extensive collections of illustrations of probability density functions (denoted by p.d.f. hereafter) may be found in Hirano et al. (1983) (105 graphs, each with typically about five curves shown, grouped in 25 families of distributions) and in Patil et al. (1984).

## Simulation of Bivariate Observations

### Continuous Bivariate Distributions (2009): 623-653 , January 01, 2009

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Devroye (1986) has provided an exhaustive treatment on the generation of random variates. Gentle (2003) has also recently provided a state-of-the-art treatise on random number generation and Monte Carlo methods. For this reason, we provide here a brief review of this subject and refer readers to these two references for a comprehensive treatment. In view of the importance of simulation as a tool while analyzing practical data using different parametric statistical models as well as while examining the properties and performance of estimators and hypothesis tests, we feel that it is very important for a reader of this book to know at least some essential details about the simulation of observations from a specified bivariate probability function.

## Front Matter - The Art of Progressive Censoring

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014) , January 01, 2014

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## Progressive Hybrid Censoring: Distributions and Properties

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014): 125-142 , January 01, 2014

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The distribution theory of progressive hybrid censored order statistics is developed. A special emphasis is given to the exponential distribution where also the distributions of spacings and the total time on test statistic are discussed.

## Linear Estimation in Progressive Type-II Censoring

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014): 247-266 , January 01, 2014

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Linear inference for progressively Type-II censored order statistics is discussed for location, scale, and location-scale families of population distributions. After a general introduction, results for exponential, generalized Pareto, extreme value, Weibull, Laplace, and logistic distributions are presented in detail.

## A Hybrid Logistic Model for Case-Control Studies

### Methodology And Computing In Applied Probability (2003) 5: 419-426 , December 01, 2003

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For logistic regression in case-control studies, when risk factors associated with the outcome are exceedingly rare in the control group, the estimation of parameters in the model becomes difficult. In this paper, we propose a two-stage hybrid method to achieve this. In the first stage, we model the risk due to the rare factor, and in the second stage we model the residual risk due to the other factors using standard logistic model.

## Stochastic monotonicity of the MLE of exponential mean under different censoring schemes

### Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (2009) 61: 753-772 , September 01, 2009

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In this paper, we present a general method which can be used in order to show that the maximum likelihood estimator (MLE) of an exponential mean *θ* is stochastically increasing with respect to *θ* under different censored sampling schemes. This propery is essential for the construction of exact confidence intervals for *θ* via “pivoting the cdf” as well as for the tests of hypotheses about *θ*. The method is shown for Type-I censoring, hybrid censoring and generalized hybrid censoring schemes. We also establish the result for the exponential competing risks model with censoring.

## Stress–Strength Models with Progressively Censored Data

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014): 507-513 , January 01, 2014

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Step-stress models based on two progressively Type-II censored data sets are reviewed. The discussion includes likelihood inference as well minimum variance unbiased estimation. A special emphasis is put on exponentially distributed stress and strength.

## Relationships between moments of two related sets of order statistics and some extensions

### Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (1993) 45: 243-247 , June 01, 1993

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Govindarajulu expressed the moments of order statistics from a symmetric distribution in terms of those from its folded form. He derived these relations analytically by dividing the range of integration suitably into parts. In this paper, we establish these relations through probabilistic arguments which readily extend to the independent and non-identically distributed case. Results for random variables having arbitrary multivariate distributions are also derived.

## Production/Clearing Models Under Continuous and Sporadic Reviews

### Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability (2005) 7: 203-224 , June 01, 2005

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We consider production/clearing models where random demand for a product is generated by customers (e.g., retailers) who arrive according to a compound Poisson process. The product is produced uniformly and continuously and added to the buffer to meet future demands. Allowing to operate the system without a clearing policy may result in high inventory holding costs. Thus, in order to minimize the average cost for the system we introduce two different clearing policies (continuous and sporadic review) and consider two different issuing policies (“all-or-some” and “all-or-none”) giving rise to four distinct production/clearing models. We use tools from level crossing theory and establish integral equations representing the stationary distribution of the buffer’s content level. We solve the integral equations to obtain the stationary distributions and develop the average cost objective functions involving holding, shortage and clearing costs for each model. We then compute the optimal value of the decision variables that minimize the objective functions. We present numerical examples for each of the four models and compare the behaviour of different solutions.

## Front Matter - The Art of Progressive Censoring

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014) , January 01, 2014

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## A note on Bernstein and Müntz-Szasz theorems with applications to the order statistics

### Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (1978) 30: 167-176 , December 01, 1978

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## Progressive Type-II Censoring: Distribution Theory

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014): 21-66 , January 01, 2014

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The distribution theory of progressively Type-II censored order statistics is presented with a focus on particular baseline distributions like exponential and generalized Pareto distributions. The discussion includes joint, marginal, and conditional distributions as well as the fundamental quantile representation. The connection to generalized order statistics and sequential order statistics is highlighted. Further topics discussed are shapes of density functions, recurrence relations, exceedances, and discrete progressively Type-II censored order statistics.

## Order statistics from non-identical right-truncated Lomax random variables with applications

### Statistical Papers (2001) 42: 187-206 , April 01, 2001

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In this paper, we derive some recurrence relations for the single and the product moments of order statistics from n independent and non-identically distributed Lomax and right-truncated Lomax random variables. These recurrence relations are simple in nature and could be used systematically in order to compute all the single and product moments of all order statistics in a simple recursive manner. The results for order statistics from the multiple-outlier model (with a slippage of p observations) are deduced as special cases. We then apply these results by examining the robustness of censored BLUE’s to the presence of multiple outliers.

## Exact Inference and Optimal Censoring Scheme for a Simple Step-Stress Model Under Progressive Type-II Censorig

### Advances in Mathematical and Statistical Modeling (2008): 107-137 , January 01, 2008

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In reliability and life-testing experiments, the researcher is often interested in the effects of extreme or varying stress factors such as temperature, voltage and load on the lifetimes of experimental units. Step-stress test, which is a special class of accelerated life-tests, allows the experimenter to increase the stress levels at fixed times during the experiment in order to obtain information on the parameters of the life distribution more quickly than under normal operating conditions. In this article, we consider a simple step-stress model under the exponential distribution when the available data are progressively Type-II censored. We derive the maximum likelihood estimators (MLEs) of the parameters assuming a cumulative exposure model with lifetimes being exponentially distributed. The exact distributions of the MLEs of parameters are obtained through the use of conditional moment generating functions. We then construct confidence intervals for the parameters using these exact distributions, asymptotic distributions of the MLEs and the parametric bootstrap methods, and assess their performance through a Monte Carlo simulation study. Next, we investigate optimal progressive censoring schemes as well as optimal time for change of stress level based on the simple step-stress model. Finally, we present two examples to illustrate all the methods of inference discussed here.

## Maximum Likelihood Estimation in Progressive Type-II Censoring

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014): 267-312 , January 01, 2014

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Likelihood inference in progressive Type-II censoring is presented for a wide range of distributions including exponential, Weibull, extreme value, generalized Pareto, Laplace, and normal distributions. The chapter is supplemented by a review for other distributions as well as by a discussion of related methods like modified and approximate likelihood estimation. Finally, results for $M$-estimation and order restricted inference are presented.

## Counting and Quantile Processes and Progressive Censoring

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014): 439-450 , January 01, 2014

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Results for counting and quantile processes based on progressively Type-II censored data are presented.

## Multi-sample Models

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014): 515-530 , January 01, 2014

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Several models involving multiple samples based on progressively Type-II censored data are discussed. The presentation includes competing risk models, joint progressive censoring, concomitants, and progressively censored systems data.

## EM Algorithm and Optimal Censoring Schemes for Progressively Type-II Censored Bivariate Normal Data

### Advances in Ranking and Selection, Multiple Comparisons, and Reliability (2005): 21-45 , January 01, 2005

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The EM algorithm is used to find the maximum likelihood estimates (MLEs) of the parameters of a bivariate normal distribution based on progressively Type-II right censored samples. The asymptotic variances and covariances of the MLEs are derived, using the missing information principle, from the Fisher information matrix as well as from the partially observed information matrix. Optimal censoring schemes are then investigated with respect to minimum trace of the variance-covariance matrix of the MLEs and also with respect to the maximum information about *ρ*.

## Vector Extensions of the Dirichlet HC and HD Functions, with Applications to the Sharing Problem

### Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability (2010) 12: 91-109 , January 19, 2010

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In this paper we apply the Dirichlet HC and HD functions to a generalization of the sharing problem in which the population is finite, and sampling is without replacement. In doing so we extend the Dirichlet HC and HD functions, and associated waiting time results, from Sobel and Frankowski (Congressus Numerantium 106:171–191, 1995) to handle vector arguments. We also provide Maple procedures for their computation. Our results for the sharing problem generalize the results for with replacement sampling given in Sobel and Frankowski (Am Math Mon 101:833–847, 1994a).

## Recurrence relations for order statistics from n independent and non-identically distributed random variables

### Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (1988) 40: 273-277 , June 01, 1988

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Some well-known reeurrence relations for order statistics in the i.i.d. case are generalized to the case when the variables are independent and non-identically distributed. These results could be employed in order to reduce the amount of direct computations involved in evaluating the moments of order statistics from an outlier model.

## A synthesis of exact inferential results for exponential step-stress models and associated optimal accelerated life-tests

### Metrika (2009) 69: 351-396 , February 03, 2009

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A reliability experimenter is often interested in studying the effects of extreme or varying stress factors such as load, pressure, temperature and voltage on the lifetimes of experimental units. Accelerated life-tests allow the experimenter to vary the levels of these stress factors in order to obtain information on the parameters of the lifetime distributions more rapidly than under normal operating conditions. Step-stress tests are a particular class of accelerated life-tests which allow the experimenter to change the stress levels at pre-fixed times during the life-testing experiment. One of the prominent models assumed in step-stress tests is the cumulative exposure model which connects the lifetime distribution of units at one stress level to the lifetime distributions at preceding stress levels. Under such a cumulative exposure model and the assumption that the lifetimes at different stress levels are exponentially distributed, we review in this article various developments on exact inferential methods for the model parameters based on different forms of censored data. We also describe the approximate confidence intervals based on the asymptotic properties of maximum likelihood estimators as well as the bootstrap confidence intervals, and provide some comparisons between these methods. Finally, we present some examples to illustrate all the inferential methods discussed here.

## Runs Based on Records: Their Distributional Properties and an Application to Testing for Dispersive Ordering

### Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability (2011): 1-12 , December 06, 2011

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Here, we study runs associated with record values. After we first discuss the distributions and moments of runs, we develop the asymptotic theory of these runs. Finally, we apply the concept of runs obtained from record values to a hypothesis testing problem.

## On properties of dependent progressively Type-II censored order statistics

### Metrika (2013) 76: 909-917 , October 01, 2013

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In the context of life-testing, progressive censoring has been studied extensively. But, all the results have been developed under the key assumption that the units under test are independently distributed. In this paper, we consider progressively Type-II censored order statistics (PCOS-II) arising from dependent units that are jointly distributed according to an Archimedean copula. Density and distribution functions of dependent general PCOS-II (GPCOS-II) are derived under this set-up. These results include those in Kamps and Cramer (Statistics 35:269–280, 2001) as special cases. Some bounds for the mean of PCOS-II from dependent data are then established. Finally, through an example, a special case of PCOS-II from $$N$$ dependent components is illustrated.

## Mixture model averaging for clustering

### Advances in Data Analysis and Classification (2014): 1-21 , August 26, 2014

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In mixture model-based clustering applications, it is common to fit several models from a family and report clustering results from only the ‘best’ one. In such circumstances, selection of this best model is achieved using a model selection criterion, most often the Bayesian information criterion. Rather than throw away all but the best model, we average multiple models that are in some sense close to the best one, thereby producing a weighted average of clustering results. Two (weighted) averaging approaches are considered: averaging component membership probabilities and averaging models. In both cases, Occam’s window is used to determine closeness to the best model and weights are computed within a Bayesian model averaging paradigm. In some cases, we need to merge components before averaging; we introduce a method for merging mixture components based on the adjusted Rand index. The effectiveness of our model-based clustering averaging approaches is illustrated using a family of Gaussian mixture models on real and simulated data.

## An EM algorithm for the estimation of parameters of a flexible cure rate model with generalized gamma lifetime and model discrimination using likelihood- and information-based methods

### Computational Statistics (2014): 1-39 , August 28, 2014

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In this paper, we consider the Conway–Maxwell Poisson (COM-Poisson) cure rate model based on a competing risks scenario. This model includes, as special cases, some of the well-known cure rate models discussed in the literature. By assuming the time-to-event to follow the generalized gamma distribution, which contains some of the commonly used lifetime distributions as special cases, we develop exact likelihood inference based on the expectation maximization algorithm. The standard errors of the maximum likelihood estimates are obtained by inverting the observed information matrix. An extensive Monte Carlo simulation study is performed to examine the method of inference developed here. Model discrimination within the generalized gamma family is also carried out by means of likelihood- and information-based methods to select the particular lifetime distribution that provides an adequate fit to the data. Finally, a data on cancer recurrence is analyzed to illustrate the flexibility of the COM-Poisson family and the generalized gamma family so as to select a parsimonious competing cause distribution and a lifetime distribution that jointly provide an adequate fit to the data.

## Point Estimation in Progressive Type-I Censoring

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014): 313-325 , January 01, 2014

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Results on likelihood inference in progressive Type-I censoring are reviewed for a plenty of distributions including one- and two-parameter exponential, extreme value, Weibull, normal, and Burr distributions.

## Nonparametric Inferential Issues in Progressive Type-II Censoring

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014): 451-464 , January 01, 2014

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Nonparametric statistical tests are reviewed. This includes precedence-type tests as well as test for hazard rate ordering.

## Construction of Bivariate Distributions

### Continuous Bivariate Distributions (2009): 179-228 , January 01, 2009

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In this chapter, we review methods of constructing bivariate distributions. There is no satisfactory mathematical scheme for classifying the methods. Instead, we offer a classification that is based on loosely connected common structures, with the hope that a new bivariate distribution can be fitted into one of these schemes. We focus especially on application-oriented methods as well as those with mathematical nicety.

## Optimal Experimental Designs

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014): 531-570 , January 01, 2014

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The problem of an optimal censoring plan in progressive Type-II censoring is discussed for several criteria including minimum experimental time, maximum Fisher information, minimum variance of estimates, as well as further criteria proposed in the literature.

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## Compound weighted Poisson distributions

### Metrika (2013) 76: 543-558 , May 01, 2013

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In this paper, we discuss discrete compound distributions, in which the counting distribution is a weighted Poisson distribution. The over- and under-dispersion of these distributions are then discussed by analyzing the Fisher index of dispersion as well as a newly introduced factorial moment to mean measure. Several cases of compounding distributions and weight functions are subsequently examined in detail.

## Recurrence relations for single and product moments of progressive Type-II right censored order statistics from exponential and truncated exponential distributions

### Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (1996) 48: 757-771 , December 01, 1996

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In this paper, we establish several recurrence relations satisfied by the single and product moments of progressive Type-II right censored order statistics from an exponential distribution. These relations may then be used, for example, to compute all the means, variances and covariances of exponential progressive Type-II right censored order statistics for all sample sizes *n* and all censoring schemes (*R*_{1}, *R*_{2}, ..., *R*_{m}), *m≤n*. The results presented in the paper generalize the results given by Joshi (1978, *Sankhyā Ser. B*, *39*, 362–371; 1982, *J. Statist. Plann. Inference*, *6*, 13–16) for the single moments and product moments of order statistics from the exponential distribution.

To further generalize these results, we consider also the right truncated exponential distribution. Recurrence relations for the single and product moments are established for progressive Type-II right censored order statistics from the right truncated exponential distribution.

## Forms of four-word indicator functions with implications to two-level factorial designs

### Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (2011) 63: 375-386 , March 08, 2011

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Indicator functions are new tools to study fractional factorial designs. In this paper, we study indicator functions with four words and provide possible forms of the indicator functions and explain their implications to two-level factorial designs.

## Simple Forms of the Bivariate Density Function

### Continuous Bivariate Distributions (2009): 351-400 , January 01, 2009

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When one considers a bivariate distribution, it is perhaps common to think of a joint density function rather than a joint distribution function, and it is also conceivable that such a density may be simple in expression, while the corresponding distribution function may involve special functions, can be expressed only as an infinite series, and sometimes may even be more complicated. Such distributions form the subject matter of this chapter. Although the standard form of these densities is simple, their generalizations are often not so simple. To include these generalizations would undoubtedly place the title of this chapter under question, but the alternative of leaving them out would be remiss. Therefore, for the sake of completeness, generalized forms of these simple densities will also be included in this discussion.

## Whitworth runs on a circle

### Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (1977) 29: 287-293 , December 01, 1977

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Suppose different classes of items, for example, beads of different colours, are placed in a circle. Two probability models have been proposed, which lead to different distributions of runs, i.e. sequences of one colour. Barton and David [3] have called these Whitworth runs and Jablonski runs, and have tabulated the distributions for small samples. Asano [1] has extended the tabulations for Jablonski runs. In this paper, Whitworth runs are examined, particularly some approximations to the distributions which avoid extensive tabulations. Some potential uses of Whitworth runs are also pointed out.

## Classification of Three-word Indicator Functions of Two-level Factorial Designs

### Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (2006) 58: 595-608 , September 08, 2006

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Indicator functions have been in the literature for several years, and yet only a few of their properties have been examined. In this paper, we study some properties of indicator functions of two-level fractional factorial designs. For example, we show that there is no indicator function with only two words, and also classify all indicator functions with only three words. The results imply that there is no valuable non-regular design with only three or less words in its indicator function.

## Efficient iterative computation of mixture weights for pooled order statistics for meta-analysis of multiple type-II right censored data

### Computational Statistics (2013) 28: 2231-2239 , October 01, 2013

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This paper considers computation of mixture weights of the marginal distribution of pooled order statistics that arise from combining and ordering multiple independent Type-II right censored samples. The proposed method is an iterative procedure which is computationally efficient and produces the same mixture representations as direct methods. It is shown that the resultant mixtures are independent of the order in which the samples are entered into the algorithm. Some comparative computational results are finally presented.

## Some binary start-up demonstration tests and associated inferential methods

### Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (2014) 66: 759-787 , August 01, 2014

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During the past few decades, substantial research has been carried out on start-up demonstration tests. In this paper, we study the class of binary start-up demonstration tests under a general framework. Assuming that the outcomes of the start-up tests are described by a sequence of exchangeable random variables, we develop a general form for the exact waiting time distribution associated with the length of the test (i.e., number of start-ups required to decide on the acceptance or rejection of the equipment/unit under inspection). Approximations for the tail probabilities of this distribution are also proposed. Moreover, assuming that the probability of a successful start-up follows a beta distribution, we discuss several estimation methods for the parameters of the beta distribution, when several types of observed data have been collected from a series of start-up tests. Finally, the performance of these estimation methods and the accuracy of the suggested approximations for the tail probabilities are illustrated through numerical experimentation.

## Progressive Hybrid and Adaptive Censoring and Related Inference

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014): 327-340 , January 01, 2014

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Inferential results for progressive hybrid and adaptive progressive Type-II censored data are shown. A special focus is given to one- and two-parameter exponential distributions.

## Dispersive ordering of fail-safe systems with heterogeneous exponential components

### Metrika (2011) 74: 203-210 , September 01, 2011

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Let *X*_{1}, . . . , *X*_{n} be independent exponential random variables with respective hazard rates λ_{1}, . . . , λ_{n}, and *Y*_{1}, . . . , *Y*_{n} be independent and identically distributed random variables from an exponential distribution with hazard rate λ. Then, we prove that *X*_{2:n}, the second order statistic from *X*_{1}, . . . , *X*_{n}, is larger than *Y*_{2:n}, the second order statistic from *Y*_{1}, . . . , *Y*_{n}, in terms of the dispersive order if and only if
$$\lambda\geq \sqrt{\frac{1}{{n\choose 2}}\sum_{1\leq i < j\leq n}\lambda_i\lambda_j}.$$
We also show that *X*_{2:n} is smaller than *Y*_{2:n} in terms of the dispersive order if and only if
$$ \lambda\le\frac{\sum^{n}_{i=1} \lambda_i-{\rm max}_{1\leq i\leq n} \lambda_i}{n-1}. $$
Moreover, we extend the above two results to the proportional hazard rates model. These two results established here form nice extensions of the corresponding results on hazard rate, likelihood ratio, and MRL orderings established recently by Pǎltǎnea (J Stat Plan Inference 138:1993–1997, 2008), Zhao et al. (J Multivar Anal 100:952–962, 2009), and Zhao and Balakrishnan (J Stat Plan Inference 139:3027–3037, 2009), respectively.

## Exact two-sample nonparametric confidence, prediction, and tolerance intervals based on ordinary and progressively type-II right censored data

### TEST (2010) 19: 68-91 , March 31, 2010

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It is shown how various exact nonparametric inferences based on an ordinary right or progressively Type-II right censored sample can be generalized to situations where two independent samples are combined. We derive the relevant formulas for the combined ordered samples to construct confidence intervals for a given quantile, prediction intervals, and tolerance intervals. The results are valid for every continuous distribution function. The key results are the derivations of the marginal distribution functions in the combined ordered samples. In the case of ordinary Type-II right censored order statistics, it is shown that the combined ordered sample is no longer distributed as order statistics. Instead, the distribution in the combined ordered sample is closely related to progressively Type-II censored order statistics.

## FIFO Versus LIFO Issuing Policies for Stochastic Perishable Inventory Systems

### Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability (2011) 13: 405-417 , June 01, 2011

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We consider an inventory system for perishable items in which the arrival times of the items to be stored and the ones of the demands for those items form independent Poisson processes. The shelf lifetime of every item is finite and deterministic. Every demand is for a single item and is satisfied by one of the items on the shelf, if available. A demand remains unsatisfied if it arrives at an empty shelf. The aim of this paper is to compare two issuing policies: under FIFO (‘first in, first out’) any demand is satisfied by the item with the currently longest shelf life, while under LIFO (‘last in, first out’) always the youngest item on the shelf is assigned first. We determine the long-run net average profit as a function of the system parameters under each of the two policies, taking into account the revenue earned from satisfied demands, the cost of shelf space, penalties for unsatisfied demands, and the purchase cost of incoming items. The analytical results are used in several numerical examples in which the optimal input rate and the maximum expected long-run average profit under FIFO and under LIFO are determined and compared. We also provide a sensitivity analysis of the optimal solution for varying parameter values.

## Success runs of lengthk in Markov dependent trials

### Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (1994) 46: 777-796 , December 01, 1994

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The geometric type and inverse Polýa-Eggenberger type distributions of waiting time for success runs of length*k* in two-state Markov dependent trials are derived by using the probability generating function method and the combinatorial method. The second is related to the minimal sufficient partition of the sample space. The first two moments of the geometric type distribution are obtained. Generalizations to ballot type probabilities of which negative binomial probabilities are special cases are considered. Since the probabilities do not form a proper distribution, a modification is introduced and new distributions of order*k* for Markov dependent trials are developed.

## Generating Functions of Waiting Times and Numbers of Visits for Random Walks on Graphs

### Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability (2013) 15: 349-362 , June 01, 2013

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In this paper, we consider some cover time problems for random walks on graphs in a wide class of waiting time problems. By using generating functions, we present a unified approach for the study of distributions associated with waiting times. In addition, the distributions of the numbers of visits for the random walks on the graphs are also studied. We present the relationship between the distributions of the waiting times and the numbers of visits. We also show that these theoretical results can be easily carried out through some computer algebra systems and present some numerical results for cover times in order to demonstrate the usefulness of the results developed. Finally, the study of cover time problems through generating functions leads to more extensive development.

## Dual connections in nonparametric classical information geometry

### Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (2010) 62: 873-896 , July 15, 2010

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We construct an infinite-dimensional information manifold based on exponential Orlicz spaces without using the notion of exponential convergence. We then show that convex mixtures of probability densities lie on the same connected component of this manifold, and characterize the class of densities for which this mixture can be extended to an open segment containing the extreme points. For this class, we define an infinite-dimensional analogue of the mixture parallel transport and prove that it is dual to the exponential parallel transport with respect to the Fisher information. We also define α-derivatives and prove that they are convex mixtures of the extremal (±1)-derivatives.

## Computational aspects of statistical intervals based on two Type-II censored samples

### Computational Statistics (2013) 28: 893-917 , June 01, 2013

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In this paper, we propose an efficient branch and bound procedure to compute exact nonparametric statistical intervals based on two Type-II right censored data sets. The procedure is based on some recurrence relations for the distribution and density functions of progressively Type-II censored order statistics which can be applied to compute the coverage probabilities. We illustrate the method for both confidence and prediction intervals of a given level.

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## Stochastic monotonicity of the MLEs of parameters in exponential simple step-stress models under Type-I and Type-II censoring

### Metrika (2010) 72: 89-109 , May 13, 2010

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In two recent papers by Balakrishnan et al. (J Qual Technol 39:35–47, 2007; Ann Inst Stat Math 61:251–274, 2009), the maximum likelihood estimators
$${\hat{\theta}_{1}}$$
and
$${\hat{\theta}_{2}}$$
of the parameters *θ*_{1} and *θ*_{2} have been derived in the framework of exponential simple step-stress models under Type-II and Type-I censoring, respectively. Here, we prove that these estimators are stochastically monotone with respect to *θ*_{1} and *θ*_{2}, respectively, which has been conjectured in these papers and then utilized to develop exact conditional inference for the parameters *θ*_{1} and *θ*_{2}. For proving these results, we have established a multivariate stochastic ordering of a particular family of trinomial distributions under truncation, which is also of independent interest.

## Progressive Type-II Censoring Under Nonstandard Conditions

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014): 229-244 , January 01, 2014

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The mixture representation for progressively Type-II censored order statistics from arbitrary baseline distributions is proven. Furthermore, results for INID progressively Type-II censored order statistics and their connection to permanents are shown. Finally, results on progressively censored samples from dependent samples are presented.

## Relationships for moments of order statistics from the right-truncated generalized half logistic distribution

### Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (1996) 48: 519-534 , September 01, 1996

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In this paper, we establish several recurrence relations satisfied by the single and the product moments for order statistics from the right-truncated generalized half logistic distribution. These relationships may be used in a simple recursive manner in order to compute the single and the product moments of all order statistics for all sample sizes and for any choice of the truncation parameter *P*. These generalize the corresponding results for the generalized half logistic distribution derived recently by Balakrishnan and Sandhu (1995, *J. Statist. Comput. Simulation*, *52*, 385–398).

## Bayesian Inference for Progressively Type-II Censored Data

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014): 341-353 , January 01, 2014

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Bayesian approaches for progressively Type-II censored data are reviewed. The presentation includes, e.g., exponential, Weibull, Pareto, and Burr distributions.

## Generalized mixtures of Weibull components

### TEST (2014) 23: 515-535 , September 01, 2014

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Weibull mixtures have been used extensively in reliability and survival analysis, and they have also been generalized by allowing negative mixing weights, which arise naturally under the formation of some structures of reliability systems. These models provide flexible distributions for modeling dependent lifetimes from heterogeneous populations. In this paper, we study conditions on the mixing weights and the parameters of the Weibull components under which the considered generalized mixture is a well-defined distribution. Specially, we characterize the generalized mixture of two Weibull components. In addition, some reliability properties are established for these generalized two-component Weibull mixture models. One real data set is also analyzed for illustrating the usefulness of the studied model.

## Survival Models for Step-Stress Experiments With Lagged Effects

### Advances in Degradation Modeling (2010): 355-369 , January 01, 2010

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In this chapter, we consider models for experiments in which the stress levels are altered at intermediate stages during the exposure. These experiments, referred to as step-stress tests, belong to the class of accelerated models that are extensively used in reliability and life-testing applications. Models for step-stress tests have largely relied on the cumulative exposure model (CEM) discussed by Nelson. Unfortunately, the assumptions of the model are fairly restrictive and quite unreasonable for applications in survival analysis. In particular, under the CEM the hazard function has discontinuities at the points at which the stress levels are changed.

We introduce a new step-stress model where the hazard function is continuous. We consider a simple experiment with only two stress levels. The hazard function is assumed to be constant at the two stress levels and linear in the intermediate period. This model allows for a lag period before the effects of the change in stress are observed. Using this formulation in terms of the hazard function, we obtain the maximum likelihood estimators of the unknown parameters. A simple least squares-type procedure is also proposed that yields closed-form solutions for the underlying parameters. A Monte Carlo simulation study is performed to study the behavior of the estimators obtained by the two methods for different choices of sample sizes and parameter values. We analyze a real data set and show that the model provides an excellent fit.

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## Percentile estimators in location-scale parameter families under absolute loss

### Metrika (2010) 72: 351-367 , September 28, 2010

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Estimators of percentiles of location-scale parameter families are optimized based on median unbiasedness and absolute risk. Median unbiased estimators and minimum absolute risk estimators are shown to exist within a class of equivariant estimators and depend upon medians of two completely specified distributions. This work extends earlier findings to a larger class of equivariant estimators. These estimators are illustrated in the normal and exponential distributions.

## Bivariate Normal Distribution

### Continuous Bivariate Distributions (2009): 477-561 , January 01, 2009

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In introductory statistics courses, one has to know why the (univariate) normal distribution is important—especially that the random variables that occur in many situations are approximately normally distributed and that it arises in theoretical work as an approximation to the distribution of many statistics, such as averages of independent random variables. More or less, the same reasons apply to the bivariate normal distribution. “But the prime stimulus has undoubtedly arisen from the strange tractability of the normal model: a facility of manipulation which is absent when we consider almost any other multivariate data-generating mechanism.”—Barnett (1979).

## Measures of Dependence

### Continuous Bivariate Distributions (2009): 141-177 , January 01, 2009

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A measure of dependence indicates in some particular manner how closely the variables *X* and *Y* are related; one extreme will include a case of complete linear dependence, and the other extreme will be complete mutual independence. Although it is customary in bivariate data analysis to compute a correlation measure of some sort, one number (or index) alone can never fully reveal the nature of dependence; hence a variety of measures are needed.

## Moments of Progressively Type-II Censored Order Statistics

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014): 155-191 , January 01, 2014

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Results on moments of progressively Type-II censored order statistics are reviewed. After presenting general expressions and existence results, explicit expressions for particular population distributions are given. Further, results for symmetric population distributions are developed. The presentation is completed by a survey on reccurence relations, bounds, and first-order approximations.

## Strong consistency of density estimation by orthogonal series methods for dependent variables with applications

### Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (1979) 31: 279-288 , December 01, 1979

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Among several widely use methods of nonparametric density estimation is the technique of orthogonal series advocated by several authors. For such estimate when the observations are assumed to have been taken from strong mixing sequence in the sense of Rosenblatt [7] we study strong consistency by developing probability inequality for bounded strongly mixing random variables. The results obtained are then applied to two estimates of the functional Δ(*f*)=∫*f*^{2}*(x)dx* were strong consistency is established. One of the suggested two estimates of Δ(*f*) was recently studied by Schuler and Wolff [8] in the case of independent and identically distributed observations where they established consistency in the second mean of the estimate.

## Recurrence relations among moments of order statistics from two related sets of independent and non-identically distributed random variables

### Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (1989) 41: 323-329 , June 01, 1989

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Some recurrence relations among moments of order statistics from two related sets of variables are quite well-known in the i.i.d. case and are due to Govindarajulu (1963*a*, *Technometrics*, *5*, 514–518 and 1966, *J. Amer. Statist. Assoc.*, *61*, 248–258). In this paper, we generalize these results to the case when the order statistics arise from two related sets of independent and non-identically distributed random variables. These relations can be employed to simplify the evaluation of the moments of order statistics in an outlier model for symmetrically distributed random variables.

## An Assessment of Up-and-Down Designs and Associated Estimators in Phase I Trials

### Advances in Statistical Methods for the Health Sciences (2007): 361-386 , January 01, 2007

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In this article, we consider some up-and-down designs that are discussed in Ivanova *et al.* (2003) for estimating the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) in phase I trials: the biased coin design, *k*-in-a-row rule, Narayana rule, and continual reassessment method (CRM). A large-scale Monte Carlo simulation study, which is substantially more extensive than Ivanova *et al.* (2003), is conducted to examine the performance of these five designs for different sample sizes and underlying dose-response curves. For the estimation of MTD, we propose a modified maximum likelihood estimator (MMLE) in addition to those in Ivanova *et al.* (2003). The selection of different dose-response curves and their parameters allows us to evaluate the robustness features of the designs as well as the performance of the estimators. The results obtained, in addition to revealing that the new estimator performs better than others in many situations, enable us to make recommendations on designs.

## Point Prediction from Progressively Type-II Censored Samples

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014): 355-377 , January 01, 2014

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Several prediction problems for progressively Type-II censored data are considered. This includes prediction of progressively censored lifetime as well as prediction of future observations. After introducing several concepts of point prediction, applications to exponential, extreme value, normal, and Pareto distributions are presented.

## Estimation for one- and two-parameter exponential distributions under multiple type-II censoring

### Statistical Papers (1992) 33: 203-216 , December 01, 1992

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In this paper, we derive explicit best linear unbiased estimators for one- and two-parameter exponential distributions when the available sample is multiply Type-II censored. Further, after noting that the maximum likelihood estimators do not exist explicitly, we propose some linear estimators by approximating the likelihood equations appropriately. Some illustrative examples from life-testing experiments are also presented.

## Progressive Type-I Censoring: Basic Properties

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014): 115-124 , January 01, 2014

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The distribution theory of progressive Type-I censored order statistics is presented. Furthermore, the dependence structure and the distribution of the number of observations up to some given threshold are addressed.

## Parametric inference from system lifetime data under a proportional hazard rate model

### Metrika (2012) 75: 367-388 , April 01, 2012

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In this paper, we discuss the statistical inference of the lifetime distribution of components based on observing the system lifetimes when the system structure is known. A general proportional hazard rate model for the lifetime of the components is considered, which includes some commonly used lifetime distributions. Different estimation methods—method of moments, maximum likelihood method and least squares method—for the proportionality parameter are discussed. The conditions for existence and uniqueness of method of moments and maximum likelihood estimators are presented. Then, we focus on a special case when the lifetime distributions of the components are exponential. Computational formulas for point and interval estimations of the unknown mean lifetime of the components are provided. A Monte Carlo simulation study is used to compare the performance of these estimation methods and recommendations are made based on these results. Finally, an example is provided to illustrate the methods proposed in this paper.

## Connections Between the Resolutions of General Two-level Factorial Designs

### Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (2006) 58: 609-618 , September 08, 2006

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Indicator functions are new tools for studying two-level fractional factorial designs. This article discusses some properties of indicator functions. Using indicator functions, we study the connection between general two-level factorial designs of generalized resolutions.

## Penalized multinomial mixture logit model

### Computational Statistics (2010) 25: 121-141 , January 18, 2010

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Normal distribution based discriminant methods have been used for the classification of new entities into different groups based on a discriminant rule constructed from the learning set. In practice if the groups are not homogeneous, then mixture discriminant analysis of Hastie and Tibshirani (J R Stat Soc Ser B 58(1):155–176, 1996) is a useful approach, assuming that the distribution of the feature vectors is a mixture of multivariate normals. In this paper a new logistic regression model for heterogenous group structure of the learning set is proposed based on penalized multinomial mixture logit models. This approach is shown through simulation studies to be more effective. The results were compared with the standard mixture discriminant analysis approach using the probability of misclassification criterion. This comparison showed a slight reduction in the average probability of misclassification using this penalized multinomial mixture logit model as compared to the classical discriminant rules. It also showed better results when applied to practical life data problems producing smaller errors.

## Maximum likelihood estimation of Laplace parameters based on general type-II censored examples

### Statistical Papers (1997) 38: 343-349 , September 01, 1997

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In this paper, we derive the maximum likelihood estimators of the parameters of a Laplace distribution based on general Type-II censored samples. The resulting explicit MLE's turn out to be simple linear functions of the order statistics. We then examine the asymptotic variance of the estimates by calculating the elements of the Fisher information matrix.

## Statistical Intervals for Progressively Type-II Censored Data

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014): 379-419 , January 01, 2014

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Results on interval prediction based on progressively Type-II censored order statistics are reviewed. The discussion includes exact, conditional, and asymptotic confidence intervals as well as prediction and tolerance intervals.

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## Comparisons of Largest Order Statistics from Multiple-outlier Gamma Models

### Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability (2013): 1-29 , October 13, 2013

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In this paper, we discuss stochastic comparisons of largest order statistics from multiple-outlier gamma models in terms of different stochastic orderings including the likelihood ratio order, hazard rate order, star order and dispersive order. It is proved, among others, that the weak majorization order between the two scale parameter vectors implies the likelihood ratio order between the largest order statistics, and that the *p*-larger order between the two scale parameter vectors implies the hazard rate order between the largest order statistics. We also present a general sufficient condition for the star order. The results established here strengthen and generalize some of the results known in the literature. Some numerical examples are also presented to illustrate the established results.

## Skewed multivariate models related to hidden truncation and/or selective reporting

### Test (2002) 11: 7-54 , June 01, 2002

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The univariate skew-normal distribution was introduced by Azzalini in 1985 as a natural extension of the classical normal density to accommodate asymmetry. He extensively studied the properties of this distribution and in conjunction with coauthors, extended this class to include the multivariate analog of the skew-normal. Arnold et al. (1993) introduced a more general skew-normal distribution as the marginal distribution of a truncated bivariate normal distribution in which*X* was retained only if*Y* satisfied certain constraints. Using this approach more general univariate and multivariate skewed distributions have been developed. A survey of such models is provided together with discussion of related inference questions.

## Progressive Censoring: Data and Models

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014): 3-20 , January 01, 2014

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The notion of progressive censoring is explained by introducing progressive Type-I and Type-II censoring in detail. The presentation includes detailed descriptions of the procedures as well as graphical illustrations and data. Additionally, progressive hybrid censoring is discussed. Finally, the chapter is supplemented by introducing particular probability models assumed in progressive censoring.

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## Reconstruction of past records

### Metrika (2009) 70: 89-109 , May 12, 2009

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In this paper, the problem of reconstructing past records from the known values of future records is investigated. Different methods are applied when the underlying distributions are Exponential and Pareto, and several reconstructors are obtained and then compared. A data set representing the record values of average July temperatures in Neuenburg, Switzerland, is used to illustrate the proposed procedure in the Pareto case. The results may be used for studying the past epoch times of non-homogeneous Poisson process or the past failure times in a reliability problem when the repair policy is minimal repair.

## Precedence-type tests based on record values

### Metrika (2008) 68: 233-255 , August 14, 2008

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Precedence-type tests based on order statistics are simple and efficient nonparametric tests that are very useful in the context of life-testing, and they have been studied quite extensively in the literature; see Balakrishnan and Ng (Precedence-type tests and applications. Wiley, Hoboken, 2006). In this paper, we consider precedence-type tests based on record values and develop specifically record precedence test, record maximal precedence test and record-rank-sum test. We derive their exact null distributions and tabulate some critical values. Then, under the general Lehmann alternative, we derive the exact power functions of these tests and discuss their power under the location-shift alternative. We also establish that the record precedence test is the uniformly most powerful test for testing against the one-parameter family of Lehmann alternatives. Finally, we discuss the situation when we have insufficient number of records to apply the record precedence test and then make some concluding remarks.

## Robust estimation and hypothesis testing under short-tailedness and inliers

### Test (2005) 14: 129-150 , June 01, 2005

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Estimation and hypothesis testing based on normal samples censored in the middle are developed and shown to be remarkably efficient and robust to symmetric shorttailed distributions and to inliers in a sample. This negates the perception that sample mean and variance are the best robust estimators in such situations (Tiku, 1980; Dunnett, 1982).

## Elliptically Symmetric Bivariate Distributions and Other Symmetric Distributions

### Continuous Bivariate Distributions (2009): 591-622 , January 01, 2009

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This chapter is devoted to describing a class of bivariate distributions whose contours of probability densities are ellipses; in particular, those ellipses with constant eccentricity. These distributions are generally known as elliptically contoured or elliptically symmetric distributions. A subclass of distributions with contours that are circles are known as spherically symmetric (or simply spherical) distributions. The chapter also includes other symmetric bivariate distributions.

## On a Multiparameter Version of Tukey's Linear Sensitivity Measure and its Properties

### Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (2002) 54: 796-805 , December 01, 2002

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A multiparameter version of Tukey's (1965, *Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.*, *53*, 127–134) linear sensitivity measure, as a measure of informativeness in the joint distribution of a given set of random variables, is proposed. The proposed sensitivity measure, under some conditions, is a matrix which is non-negative definite, weakly additive, monotone and convex. Its relation to Fisher information matrix and the best linear unbiased estimator (BLUE) are investigated. The results are applied to the location-scale model and it is observed that the dispersion matrix of the BLUE of the vector location-scale parameter is the inverse of the sensitivity measure. A similar property was established by Nagaraja (1994, *Ann. Inst. Statist. Math.*, *46*, 757–768) for the single parameter case when applied to the location and scale models. Two illustrative examples are included.

## Start-Up Demonstration Tests Under Markov Dependence Model with Corrective Actions

### Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (1997) 49: 155-169 , March 01, 1997

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A general probability model for a start-up demonstration test is studied. The joint probability generating function of some random variables appearing in the Markov dependence model of the start-up demonstration test with corrective actions is derived by the method of probability generating function. By using the probability generating function, several characteristics relating to the distribution are obtained.

## Progressive Type-I Interval Censored Data

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014): 421-425 , January 01, 2014

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Inference for progressive Type-I interval censored data is presented. The discussion includes parametric inference as well as problems of choosing optimal inspection times and optimal progressive interval censoring proportions.

## On Generalized Wishart Distributions - I: Likelihood Ratio Test for Homogeneity of Covariance Matrices

### Sankhya A (2014) 76: 179-194 , August 01, 2014

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In this paper, we define and discuss a class of generalized Wishart distributions under elliptical models. We derive the non-central moments of the likelihood ratio statistic for testing the equality of two covariance matrices under elliptical models for the corresponding matrices. Known classical expressions for the Gaussian model are then deduced from these general results. Finally, the exact distribution of the Wilks’ statistic under a specific distribution, including the Gaussian distribution as a particular member, is derived.

## Back Matter - Continuous Bivariate Distributions

### Continuous Bivariate Distributions (2009) , January 01, 2009

## Exact Likelihood Inference for an Exponential Parameter Under Progressive Hybrid Censoring Schemes

### Statistical Models and Methods for Biomedical and Technical Systems (2008): 319-330 , January 01, 2008

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The purpose of this chapter is to propose two types of progressive hybrid censoring schemes in life-testing experiments and develop exact inference for the mean of the exponential distribution. The exact distribution of the maximum likelihood estimator and an exact lower confidence bound for the mean lifetime are obtained under both types of progressive hybrid censoring schemes. Illustrative examples are finally presented.

## Precedence-Type Tests for the Comparison of Treatments with a Control

### Scan Statistics (2009): 27-54 , January 01, 2009

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Precedence-type tests are proposed for comparing several treatments with a control. The null distributions of these test statistics are derived, and critical values for some combination of sample sizes are then presented. Next, the exact power function of these tests under the Lehmann alternative is derived and used to compare the power properties of the proposed test procedures. Finally, an example is presented to illustrate all the test procedures discussed here.

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## An information theoretical algorithm for analyzing supersaturated designs for a binary response

### Metrika (2013) 76: 1-18 , January 01, 2013

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A supersaturated design is a factorial design in which the number of effects to be estimated is greater than the number of runs. It is used in many experiments, for screening purpose, i.e., for studying a large number of factors and identifying the active ones. In this paper, we propose a method for screening out the important factors from a large set of potentially active variables through the symmetrical uncertainty measure combined with the information gain measure. We develop an information theoretical analysis method by using Shannon and some other entropy measures such as Rényi entropy, Havrda–Charvát entropy, and Tsallis entropy, on data and assuming generalized linear models for a Bernoulli response. This method is quite advantageous as it enables us to use supersaturated designs for analyzing data on generalized linear models. Empirical study demonstrates that this method performs well giving low Type I and Type II error rates for any entropy measure we use. Moreover, the proposed method is more efficient when compared to the existing ROC methodology of identifying the significant factors for a dichotomous response in terms of error rates.

## Outer and inner prediction intervals for order statistics intervals based on current records

### Statistical Papers (2012) 53: 789-802 , August 01, 2012

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This paper considers the largest and smallest observations at the times when a new record of either kind (upper or lower) occurs. These are called the upper and lower current records and are denoted by
$${R^l_m}$$
and
$${R^s_m}$$
, respectively. The interval
$${(R^s_m,R^l_m)}$$
is then referred to as the record coverage. The prediction problem in the two-sample case is then discussed and, specifically, the exact outer and inner prediction intervals are derived for order statistics intervals from an independent future *Y*-sample based on the *m*-th record coverage from the *X*-sequence when the underlying distribution of the two samples are the same. The coverage probabilities of these intervals are exact and do not depend on the underlying distribution. Distribution-free prediction intervals as well as upper and lower prediction limits for spacings from a future *Y*-sample are obtained in terms of the record range from the *X*-sequence.

## Concepts of Stochastic Dependence

### Continuous Bivariate Distributions (2009): 105-140 , January 01, 2009

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Dependence relations between two variables are studied extensively in probability and statistics. No meaningful statistical models can be constructed without some assumptions regarding dependence although in many cases one may simply assume the variables are not dependent, i.e., they are independent.

## Statistical Approaches to Improving Trial Efficiency and Conduct

### Developments in Statistical Evaluation of Clinical Trials (2014): 71-84 , January 01, 2014

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Given the trend towards increasing complexity and cost of clinical trials today, future trials may end up being small, complex, and under-powered to detect clinically meaningful treatment effects. In order to continue to perform important research in the future, we need to make clinical trial designs more efficient. Through the retrospective statistical analysis of variation in the design of past trials and the prospective comparisons of clinical trials methods, we can determine which trial procedures truly influence the bias and precision of treatment estimates and where complexity and costs can be reduced. We provide two examples of the retrospective study of clinical trials methods that could change the conduct of future trials. First, an overview of the effect of outcome adjudication on treatment estimates for cardiovascular trials is presented. Second, a prognostic model to detect fraud within multi-centre trials is developed as part of a system of central statistical monitoring. There are many more unanswered questions about efficiencies in clinical trials methodology that need to be examined by statisticians and researchers.

## Nonparametric inference based on panel count data

### TEST (2011) 20: 1-42 , May 01, 2011

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Panel count data usually refer to data arising from studies on recurrent events in which the subjects under study are followed or observed only periodically rather than continuously. In such situations, an objective of interest is about the occurrence of some events that can occur multiple times or repeatedly and the studies resulting in this type of information are often referred to as event history studies. There are many fields such as medical studies, reliability experiments and social sciences wherein panel count data are encountered commonly. This article reviews basic concepts about panel count data, some common issues and questions of interest regarding them as well as the corresponding statistical procedures that are suitable for their analysis. In particular, we will discuss an estimation of the mean function of the underlying counting process characterizing the occurrence of the events, comparison of several processes and analysis of multiple state panel count data. Some discussion is also presented of situations involving dependent or informative observation processes.

## Selecting the Best Population Using a Test for Equality Based on Minimal Wilcoxon Rank-sum Precedence Statistic

### Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability (2007) 9: 263-305 , May 01, 2007

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In this paper, we first give an overview of the precedence-type test procedures. Then we propose a nonparametric test based on early failures for the equality of two life-time distributions against two alternatives concerning the best population. This procedure utilizes the minimal Wilcoxon rank-sum precedence statistic (Ng and Balakrishnan, 2002, 2004) which can determine the difference between populations based on early (100*q*%) failures. Hence, this procedure can be useful in life-testing experiments in biological as well as industrial settings. After proposing the test procedure, we derive the exact null distribution of the test statistic in the two-sample case with equal or unequal sample sizes. We also present the exact probability of correct selection under the Lehmann alternative. Then, we generalize the test procedure to the *k*-sample situation. Critical values for some sample sizes are presented. Next, we examine the performance of this test procedure under a location-shift alternative through Monte Carlo simulations. Two examples are presented to illustrate our test procedure with selecting the best population as an objective.

## Front Matter - The Art of Progressive Censoring

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014) , January 01, 2014

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## Goodness-of-Fit Tests in Progressive Type-II Censoring

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014): 427-437 , January 01, 2014

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Goodness-of-fit tests for progressively Type-II censored data are reviewed. The presentation includes tests on exponentiality as well as tests for other distributional assumptions.

## Asymptotic properties of maximum likelihood estimators based on progressive Type-II censoring

### Metrika (2011) 74: 349-360 , November 01, 2011

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Hoadley (Ann Math Stat 42:1977–1991, 1971) studied the weak law of large numbers for independent and non-identically distributed random variables. Using that result along with the missing information principle, we establish the consistency and asymptotic normality of maximum likelihood estimators based on progressively Type-II censored samples.

## Visualizing hypothesis tests in multivariate linear models: the heplots package for R

### Computational Statistics (2009) 24: 233-246 , May 07, 2009

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Hypothesis-error (or “HE”) plots, introduced by Friendly (J Stat Softw 17(6):1–42, 2006a; J Comput Graph Stat 16:421–444, 2006b), permit the visualization of hypothesis tests in multivariate linear models by representing hypothesis and error matrices of sums of squares and cross-products as ellipses. This paper describes the implementation of these methods in the *heplots* package for R, as well as their extension, for example from two to three dimensions and by scaling hypothesis ellipses and ellipsoids in a natural manner relative to error.

## Joint Distributions of Numbers of Success-Runs and Failures Until the First Consecutive k Successes in a Binary Sequence

### Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (1997) 49: 519-529 , September 01, 1997

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Joint distributions of the numbers of failures, successes andsuccess-runs of length less than k until the first consecutive k successesin a binary sequence were derived recently by Aki and Hirano (1995, Ann.Inst. Statist. Math., 47, 225-235). In this paper, we present an alternatederivation of these results and also use this approach to establish someadditional results. Extensions of these results to binary sequences of orderh are also presented.

## Front Matter - The Art of Progressive Censoring

### The Art of Progressive Censoring (2014) , January 01, 2014

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## Limit results for concomitants of order statistics

### Metrika (2014): 1-13 , August 21, 2014

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In this paper, we discuss the concomitants of order statistics. We study asymptotic properties of the concomitants of largest order statistics and we pay special attention to strong limit results. The strong limit results of this work are derived by applying the Borel–Cantelli lemma and some of its recent generalizations. The theoretical results of this paper are illustrated with examples.

## On the Use of Bivariate Mellin Transform in Bivariate Random Scaling and Some Applications

### Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability (2014) 16: 235-244 , March 01, 2014

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We discuss here the problem of bivariate random scaling. Both direct and inverse problems of bivariate random scaling are solved by two methods. While the first method is a distributional one, the second method is an indirect one associated with bivariate Mellin transform. Finally, we use bivariate random scaling for some statistical and simulational applications.

## Higher order moments of order statistics from INID symmetric random variables

### Statistical Papers (2006) 47: 299-310 , March 01, 2006

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In this paper we present analogues of Balakrishnan's (1989) relations that relate the triple and quadruple moments of order statistics from independent and nonidentically distributed (I.NI.D.) random variables from a symmetric distribution to those of the folded distribution. We then apply these results, along with the corresponding recurrence relations for the exponential distribution derived recently by Childs (2003), to study the robustness of the Winsorized variance.