Abstact:The problem of estimating lifetime distribution parameters under general progressive censoring originated in the context of reliability. But traditionally it is assumed that the available data from this censoring scheme are performed in exact numbers. However, in many life testing and reliability studies, it is not possible to obtain the measurements of a statistical experiment exactly, but is possible to classify them into fuzzy sets. This paper deals with the estimation of lifetime distribution parameters under general progressive Type-II censoring scheme when the lifetime observations are reported by means of fuzzy numbers. A new method is proposed to determine the maximum likelihood estimates of the parameters of interest. The methodology is illustrated with two popular models in lifetime analysis, the Rayleigh and Lognormal lifetime distributions.
Abstract: The scheme of doubly type-II censored sampling is an important method of obtaining data in lifetime studies. Statistical analysis of life time distributions under this censoring scheme is based on precise lifetime data. However, some collected lifetime data might be imprecise and are represented in the form of fuzzy numbers. This paper deals with the prob lem of estimating the scale parameter of Rayleigh distribution under doubly type-II censoring scheme when the lifetime observations are fuzzy and are assumed to be related to underlying crisp realization of a random sample. We propose a new method to determine the maximum likelihood estimate of the parameter of interest. The asymptotic variance of the ML estimate is then derived by using the missing information principle. Their performance is then assessed through Monte Carlo simulations. Finally, an illustrative example with real data concerning 25 ball bearings in a life test is presented.