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An Empirical Bayes Approach for the Poisson Life Distribution

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1 Author(s)
Canavos, George C. ; NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va. 23365.

A smooth empirical Bayes estimator is derived for the intensity parameter (hazard rate) in the Poisson distribution as used in life testing. The reliability function is also estimated either by using the empirical Bayes estimate of the parameter, or by obtaining the expectation of the reliability function. The behavior of the empirical Bayes procedure is studied through Monte Carlo simulation in which estimates of mean-squared errors of the empirical Bayes estimators are compared with those of conventional estimators such as minimum variance unbiased or maximum likelihood. Results indicate a significant reduction in mean-squared error of the empirical Bayes estimators over the conventional variety.

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Reliability, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:R-22 ,  Issue: 2 )

Date of Publication:

June 1973

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