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Subjective probability models for lifetimes. (English) Zbl 1078.62530
Monographs on Statistics and Applied Probability 91. Boca Raton, FL: Chapman and Hall/CRC (ISBN 1-58488-060-0). xx, 248 p. (2001).
Publisher’s description: Bayesian methods in reliability cannot be fully utilized and understood without full comprehension of the essential differences that exist between frequentist probability and subjective probability. Switching from the frequentist to the subjective approach requires that some fundamental concepts be rethought and suitably redefined.
This text details those differences and clarifies aspects of subjective probability that have a direct influence on modeling and drawing inference from failure and survival data. In particular, within a framework of Bayesian theory, the author considers the effects of different levels of information in the analysis of the phenomena of positive and negative aging. He coherently reviews and compares the various definitions and results concerning stochastic ordering, statistical dependence, reliability, and decision theory. He offers a detailed but accessible mathematical treatment of different aspects of probability distributions for exchangeable vectors of lifetimes that imparts a clear understanding of what the ”probabilistic description of aging” really is, and why it is important to analyzing survival and failure data.

MSC:
62N05 Reliability and life testing
62F15 Bayesian inference
62-02 Research exposition (monographs, survey articles) pertaining to statistics
62A01 Foundations and philosophical topics in statistics
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