Nonparametric Families: Origins in Reliability Theory

  • Albert W. Marshall
  • Ingram Olkin
Part of the Springer Series in Statistics book series (SSS)


As mentioned in the introduction of Chapter 4, nonparametric families of distributions have mostly been studied in the context of reliability theory. The theory that has been developed for these families has thus involved the notion of components and systems, which might be mechanical, electrical, or hydraulic. But the same ideas often can be applied to biological systems also.


Hazard Rate Residual Life Replacement Policy Reliability Theory Reliability Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert W. Marshall
    • 1
  • Ingram Olkin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of StatisticsUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Department of StatisticsStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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