The purpose of this paper is to compare four life data models, namely the exponential and the Weibull models, and their corresponding generalized versions, q-exponential and q-Weibull models, by means of one practical application.
Application of the models to a practical example (a welding station), with estimation of parameters by the use of the least squares method, and the Akaike Information Criterion (AIC).
The data of the example considered in this paper is divided into three regimes, decreasing, constant and increasing failure rate, and the q-Weibull model describes the bathtub curve displayed by the data with a single set of parameters.
The simplicity and flexibility of the q-Weibull model may be very useful for practitioners of reliability analysis, and its benefits surpasses the inconvenience of the additional parameter, as AIC shows.
The q-Weibull model is compared in detail with other three models, through the analysis of one example that clearly exhibits a bathtub curve, and it is shown that it can describe the whole time range with a single set of parameters.
Assis, E.M., Borges, E.P., Vieira de Melo, S.A.B. and Schnitman, L. (2015), "Modeling failure rate of a robotic welding station using generalized q-distributions", International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 32 No. 2, pp. 156-166. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJQRM-11-2012-0151
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