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Activity Number: 441
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Physical and Engineering Sciences
Abstract - #303526
Title: Bayesian Nonparametric Models for Combining Heterogeneous Reliability Data
Author(s): Richard L. Warr*+ and David H Collins
Companies: Air Force Institute of Technology and Los Alamos National Laboratory
Address: 2950 Hobson Way, WPAFB, OH, 45433,
Keywords: Dirichlet Process ; Hierarchical Modeling ; Lifetime Prediction ; Parallel and Series Systems

Modern complex engineering systems often present the analyst with a mix of data types that can be used for reliability prediction: system test results, lifetime data from unit tests of components, and subsystems data, all of which may have predictive value for the system lifetime. We present a hierarchical nonparametric framework, using Dirichlet processes, in which time-to-event distributions may be estimated from sample data or derived based on physical failure mechanisms. By applying a Bayesian methodology, the framework can incorporate prior information, including expert opinion.

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