Recent Advances in Lifetime and Reliability Models

Recent Advances in Lifetime and Reliability Models

Introduction: Mathematicians and statisticians have made significant academic progress on the subject of distribution theory in the last two decades, and this area of study is becoming one of the ...
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Gauss M Cordeiro, Rodrigo B Silva and Abraão D. C Nascimento


This chapter presents mathematical and statistical background for understanding this book. Some results and formulae presented in this chapter are revisited in the next chapters. Initially, important survival analysis concepts are de ned and issues with respect to inference and statistical methods. Subsequently, several special functions are presented. The chapter ends with some discussions on statistical elements that will be used in the rest of the book.


Censoring data; Inference; Mathematical functions; Statistical functions; Survival functions; Survival regression.


Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil.