© 1992

Introduction to Reliability Analysis

Probability Models and Statistical Methods


Part of the Springer Texts in Statistics book series (STS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Shelemyahu Zacks
    Pages 1-12
  3. Shelemyahu Zacks
    Pages 44-66
  4. Shelemyahu Zacks
    Pages 67-83
  5. Shelemyahu Zacks
    Pages 84-99
  6. Shelemyahu Zacks
    Pages 160-176
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 199-213

About this book


Reliability analysis is concerned with the analysis of devices and systems whose individual components are prone to failure. This textbook presents an introduction to reliability analysis of repairable and non-repairable systems. It is based on courses given to both undergraduate and graduate students of engineering and statistics as well as in workshops for professional engineers and scientists. As aresult, the book concentrates on the methodology of the subject and on understanding theoretical results rather than on its theoretical development. An intrinsic aspect of reliability analysis is that the failure of components is best modelled using techniques drawn from probability and statistics. Professor Zacks covers all the basic concepts required from these subjects and covers the main modern reliability analysis techniques thoroughly. These include: the graphical analysis of life data, maximum likelihood estimation and bayesian likelihood estimation. Throughout the emphasis is on the practicalities of the subject with numerous examples drawn from industrial and engineering settings.


Parameter Poisson distribution Poisson process Random variable Variance approximation binomial distribution calculus estimator likelihood normal distribution probability statistics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematical SciencesState University of New York at BinghamtonBinghamtonUSA

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"This is a nice book which touches on diverse subjects in the area of reliability theory... Particularly impressive is the abundance of numerical examples which illustrate in detail almost all the procedures... a welcome addition..."
(Zentralblatt fuer Mathematik)