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The purpose of this paper is to present a new approach for measurand uncertainty characterization. The Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) is applied to measurand probability density function (pdf) estimation, which is considered as an inverse problem. The measurement characterization is driven by the pdf estimation in a nonlinear Gaussian framework with unknown variance and with limited observed data. These techniques are applied to a realistic measurand problem of groove dimensioning using remote field eddy current (RFEC) inspection. The application of resampling methods such as bootstrap and the perfect sampling for convergence diagnostics purposes gives large improvements in the accuracy of the MCMC estimates.
Instrumentation and Measurement, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:55 , Issue: 1 )
Date of Publication: Feb. 2006