Optimal accelerated life tests under interval censoring with random removals : The case of Weibull failure distribution

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-451
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Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008


In this paper, optimal accelerated life test (ALT) plans are investigated under progressive Type I interval censoring with random removals when lifetimes are Weibull distributed. The optimal ALT plans which minimize the asymptotic variance of the estimated qth quantile for different combinations of total number of inspections and removal probability are presented. For implementation convenience, the practical plans, which adopt the same optimality criterion but the inspection times are determined based on the ideas of equally spaced or equal probability scheme at each stress level, are also derived. Numerical studies are conducted to evaluate the relative efficiency of a practical plan to the corresponding optimal ALT plan. Some suggestions are given to experimenters for selecting an appropriate practical plan in designing an ALT under the proposed censoring scheme.

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  • Accelerated life tests, Asymptotic variance, Maximum likelihood estimation, Progressive Type I interval censoring, Random removal, Weibull distribution