Engineering applications of Bayesian statistical methods

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2001-01-01
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Ryan, Kenneth
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This dissertation makes Bayesian contributions to engineering statistics in three basic areas. These are methods for combining information, modeling repairable system reliability, and designing experiments.;A recursive Bayesian hierarchical model (RBHM) is presented. An RBHM can be used to combine information from physical data, data from a computer model of a process, and experts. In an example involving a fluidized bed process, an RBHM is used to estimate location and scale biases of one source of information for another.;The need to document the reliability of the Blue Mountain supercomputer motivates the work on system reliability. A detailed reliability analysis of this supercomputer is presented, using a Bayesian hierarchical nonhomogeneous Poisson process model. Further, some flexible new families of intensities for nonhomogeneous Poisson processes are defined and Bayes inference for them is discussed.;Finally, the problem of estimating expected information gain for planned data collection is considered. Two methods of estimation are applied to the so called random fatigue-limit model, a 5 parameter model important in some materials engineering applications.

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