Tests for Equality of Intensities of Failures of a Repairable System Under Two Competing Risks

J.V. Deshpande, Madhuchhanda Bhattacharjee, U.V. Naik-Nimbalkar

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Let a repairable system be subject to failure due to two competing risks. It is assumed that repairs are instantaneous.

Let N 1(t) and N 2(t) be the numbers of failures under risks of type I and II respectively which the system suffers up to time t. Let N(t) = N 1(t)+N 2(t). We assume that N 1(t) and n 2(t) are nonhomogeneous Poisson processes (NHPP’s) with cumulative intensity functions Λ1(t) and Λ2(t) respectively. Hence N(t) is also an NHPP with cumulative intensity function Λ(t) = Λ1(t) + Λ2(t). The sampling scheme which is adopted is to observe the system until n failures take place i.e. until time t n such that N(t n ) = n. Necessarily N 1(t n ) = n 1 (say) and n 2(t n ) = n 2(say) are random variables. In this paper we develop tests for H o : Λ1(s) = Λ2(s) based on the realizations N 1(s) and N 2(s), 0≤ s ≤ t n . We obtain the asymptotic null distributions of the proposed test statistics as n→∞ (hence as t n →∞). We show that these tests are consistent for certain large classes of alternatives

We compare the proposed tests in the sense of Pitman ‘Asymptotic Relative Efficiency’ as modified to this setup. We will also illustrate the procedure by applying it to a real data set.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecent Advances in Reliability Theory
Subtitle of host publicationMethodology, Practice, and Inference
EditorsN. Liminos, M. Nikulin
PublisherBirkhäuser Boston
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781461213840
ISBN (Print)9781461271246
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Publication series

NameStatistics for Industry and Technology


  • Cause-specific intensity
  • Competing risks
  • Failure truncated data
  • Intensity function
  • Marked Poisson process


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