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Estimating the cumulative probability of failure data points to be plotted on Weibull and other probability paper

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1 Author(s)
J. C. Fothergill ; Dept. of Eng., Leicester Univ., UK

Using both an exact technique and Monte Carlo simulations to estimate the cumulative probability of failure of the ith of n identically stressed samples, it is shown that the approximation F(i,n)=(i-0.3)/(n +0.4) is considerably more accurate than other commonly used approximations. The significance of this in the interpretation of electrical breakdown tests is demonstrated

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IEEE Transactions on Electrical Insulation  (Volume:25 ,  Issue: 3 )