Trends in the Statistical Assessment of Reliability
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Changes in technology have had and will continue to have a strong effect on changes in the area of statistical assessment of reliability data. These changes include higher levels of integration in electronics, improvements in measurement technology and the deployment of sensors and smart chips into more products, dramatically improved computing power and storage technology, and the development of new, powerful statistical methods for graphics, inference, and experimental design and reliability test planning. This paper traces some of the history of the development of statistical methods for reliability assessment and makes some predictions about the future.
This preprint was published as William Q. Meeker, "Trends in the Statistical Assessment of Reliability", Trends in the Statistical Assessment of Reliability (2010): 3-16, doi: 10.1007/978-0-8176-4924-1_1