Journal of Combinatorial Optimization

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 183–197

The Structural Birnbaum Importance of Consecutive-k Systems

  • Hsun-Wen Chang
  • R.J. Chen
  • F.K. Hwang

DOI: 10.1023/A:1013803728112

Cite this article as:
Chang, HW., Chen, R. & Hwang, F. Journal of Combinatorial Optimization (2002) 6: 183. doi:10.1023/A:1013803728112


This paper is concerned with three types of structural Birnbaum importance of components in a consecutive-k system. We accomplish the following three tasks:

(i) Survey existing results, including pointing out results claimed but proofs are incomplete.

(ii) Give some new results and useful lemmas.

(iii) Observe what are still provable and what are not with the help of extensive computing.

consecutive-k systemssystem reliabiltyBirnbaum importancestructural importance

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hsun-Wen Chang
    • 1
  • R.J. Chen
    • 2
  • F.K. Hwang
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Applied MathematicsTatung UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science & Information EngineeringNational Chiao Tung UniversityHsinchu, TaiwanROC
  3. 3.Department of Applied MathematicsNational Chiao Tung UniversityHsinchu, TaiwanROC