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# On the distribution of the sum of independent and non-identically extended exponential random variables

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## Abstract

Considering the sum of the independent and non-identically distributed random variables is a most important topic in many scientific fields. An extension of the exponential distribution based on mixtures of positive distributions is proposed by Gómez et al. (Rev Colomb Estad 37:25–34, 2014). Distribution of the sum of the independent and non-identically distributed random variables is obtained using inverse transformation of the moment generating function. A saddlepoint approximation is used to approximate the derived distribution. Simulations are used to investigate the accuracy of the saddlepoint approximation. Parameters are estimated by the maximum likelihood method. The method is illustrated by the analysis of real data.

## Keywords

Extended exponential distribution Independent and non-identically distributed random variables Saddlepoint approximation

## 1 Introduction

Determination of the distribution of the sum of independent random variables is one of the most important topics for real data analysis. For example, distribution of the sum of independent and non-identically distributed (i.n.i.d.) uniform random variables is well known. The first result was obtained by Olds (1952) with induction. In addition, Bradley and Gupta (2002) derived the explicit formulae for the distribution by inverting its characteristic function. As a different approach, Sadooghi-Alvandi et al. (2009) gave the closed form of the distribution using the Laplace transform. For the sum of the exponential random variables, Khuong and Kong (2006) obtained the density function with distinct or equal parameters using the characteristic function. The most general case for non-identically exponential random variables is discussed in Amari and Misra (1997). Furthermore, distribution of the sum of the i.n.i.d. gamma random variables is obtained by Mathai (1982). Additionally, Moschopoulos (1985) gave the distribution of the sum of the i.n.i.d. gamma random variables, which is expressed as a single gamma series whose coefficients are computed by simple recursive relations. Alouini et al. (2001) considered applying Moschopoulos’s approach for distribution of the sum of the correlated gamma random variables.

Many researchers discussed the extension of exponential distribution. For example, Gupta and Kundu (2001) introduced an extended exponential distribution such as
\begin{aligned} f_\mathrm{GK}(x;\alpha ,\lambda ) = \alpha \lambda (1-\mathrm{e}^{-\lambda x})^{\alpha -1}\mathrm{e}^{-\lambda x} , \quad x>0, \end{aligned}
for $$\alpha> 0, \lambda >0$$. In addition, Nadarajah and Haghighi (2011) introduced another extension of the exponential distribution. Its density function is given by
\begin{aligned} f_\mathrm{NH}(x; \alpha, \lambda)= \alpha \lambda (1+\lambda x)^{\alpha -1}\exp \{1-(1+\lambda x)^{\alpha } \}, \quad x>0, \end{aligned}
where $$\alpha > 0$$ and $$\lambda > 0$$. Recently, Lemonte et al. (2016) proposed a three-parameter extension of exponential distribution. More recently, Almarashi et al. (2019) extended the exponential distribution using the type I half-logistic family of distributions.
An extension of the exponential distribution based on mixtures of positive distributions is introduced by Gómez et al. (2014). A random variable X is distributed according to the extended exponential distribution with parameters $$\alpha$$ and $$\beta$$ if the probability density function and cumulative distribution function are given by
\begin{aligned} f_X(x; \alpha , \beta )&=\frac{\alpha ^2 (1+\beta x)e^{-\alpha x}}{\alpha +\beta }, \\ F_X(x; \alpha , \beta )&=\frac{\alpha +\beta -(\beta +\alpha +\alpha \beta x)e^{-\alpha x}}{\alpha +\beta }, \end{aligned}
respectively, where $$x>0$$, $$\alpha >0$$, and $$\beta \ge 0$$. Then, the moment generating function is given by
\begin{aligned} M_X (t) = \frac{\alpha ^2(\alpha + \beta - t)}{(\alpha + \beta )(t-\alpha )^2}, \quad t<\alpha . \end{aligned}
(1)
Gómez et al. (2014) showed that the extended exponential distribution is more useful in fitting real data than are other extensions of the exponential distribution for the life of the fatigue fracture of Kevlar 49/epoxy.

In Sect. 2, we derive the distribution of the sum of n i.n.i.d. extended exponential random variables using a simple gamma series and recurrence relation in a similar way as in Moschopoulos (1985). However, it is difficult to calculate the exact probability when the number of random variables increases. Hence, we need a more accurate approximation of the distribution in terms of the amount of calculation. Under these circumstances, the saddlepoint approximation is commonly used. Saddlepoint approximations have been used with great success by many researchers. Their applications and usefulness are discussed by Butler (2007), Huzurbazar (1999), Jensen (1995), and Kolassa (2006). Eisinga et al. (2013) discussed the use of the saddlepoint approximation for the sum of the i.n.i.d. binomial random variables. In addition, Murakami (2014) and Nadarajah et al. (2015) applied the saddlepoint approximation for the sum of the i.n.i.d. uniform and beta random variables, respectively. Additionally, Murakami (2015) gave the approximation for the sum of the i.n.i.d. gamma random variables. In Sect. 3, we discuss the use of the saddlepoint approximation of the i.n.i.d. extended exponential random variables. We compare the accuracy of a saddlepoint approximation with the exact distribution function. Moreover, we discuss the parameter estimation using the maximum likelihood method for the case of $$n=2$$ and the real data analysis. Finally, we conclude with our results in Sect. 4.

## 2 The exact density

In this section, we derive the exact distribution of the sum of the i.n.i.d. extended exponential random variables. Let $$X_1, \ldots , X_n$$ be independent, extended exponential random variables with parameters $$\alpha _i>0$$, $$\beta _i \ge 0$$ for $$i=1,\ldots , n$$. By (1), the moment generating function of $$Y = X_1+X_2+\cdots +X_n$$ is
\begin{aligned} M_Y(t)&=\prod _{i=1}^n \frac{\alpha _i^2 (\alpha _i+\beta _i-t)}{(\alpha _i+\beta _i) (t-\alpha _i)^2} \nonumber \\&=\left( \prod _{i=1}^n \frac{\alpha _i^2}{\alpha _i + \beta _i}\right) \sum _{\varvec{\gamma } \in \mathbb {B}^n} \prod _{i=1}^{n} \frac{\beta _i^{(\varvec{\gamma })_i}}{(\alpha _i-t)^{(\varvec{\gamma })_i +1}} \nonumber \\&=\left( \prod _{i=1}^n \frac{\alpha _i^2}{\alpha _i + \beta _i}\right) \sum _{\varvec{\gamma } \in \mathbb {B}^n} \left( \prod _{i=1}^{n}\frac{\beta _i^{(\varvec{\gamma })_i}}{\alpha _i^{(\varvec{\gamma })_i+1}} \right) \prod _{i=1}^{n} \frac{1}{(1-\frac{t}{\alpha _i})^{(\varvec{\gamma })_i +1}}, \end{aligned}
(2)
where $$\mathbb {B}=\{0,1\}$$, and $$(\varvec{\gamma })_i$$ is the ith component of $$\varvec{\gamma }$$.
Herein, let
\begin{aligned} h(t) = \prod _{i=1}^{n} \frac{1}{(1-\frac{t}{\alpha _i})^{(\varvec{\gamma })_i +1}}. \end{aligned}
The inverse transformation of the moment generating function is applicable to h(t). Then we obtain Theorem 1.

### Theorem 1

The probability density function of Y is expressed as
\begin{aligned} f_Y(y) = C\sum _{\varvec{\gamma } \in \mathbb {B}^n}D_{\varvec{\gamma }}\sum _{k=0}^{\infty }\frac{\delta _k}{\varGamma (\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }} +k)\left( \frac{1}{\alpha _1} \right) ^{\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}+k}} y^{\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }} + k-1}\exp (-\alpha _1 y), \quad y>0, \end{aligned}
(3)
where
\begin{aligned} C&=\prod _{i=1}^n \frac{\alpha _i^2}{\alpha _i + \beta _i}, \quad D_{\varvec{\gamma }}=\prod _{i=1}^{n}\frac{\beta _i^{(\varvec{\gamma })_i}}{\alpha _i^{(\varvec{\gamma })_i+1}}, \quad \rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}=\sum _{i=1}^{n}\left\{ (\varvec{\gamma })_i + 1\right\} , \\ \delta _{k+1}&=\frac{1}{k+1} \sum _{j=1}^{k+1}j \eta _j \delta _{k+1-j}, \ k=0,1,2,\ldots , \quad \delta _0=1, \\ \eta _j&= \sum _{s=1}^n \left\{ (\varvec{\gamma })_s+1\right\} \left( 1-\frac{\alpha _s}{\alpha _1}\right) ^j/j, \quad \alpha _1 = \max _{i}(\alpha _{i}). \end{aligned}

### Proof

We follow a similar procedure as in Moschopoulos (1985) to prove the theorem. Without loss of generality, we assume $$\displaystyle \alpha _1=\max _i (\alpha _i)$$. We apply the identity
\begin{aligned} 1-\frac{t}{\alpha _i} =\left( 1-\frac{t}{\alpha _1}\right) \frac{\alpha _1}{\alpha _i}\left[ 1-\frac{1-\frac{\alpha _i}{\alpha _1}}{1-\frac{t}{\alpha _1}}\right] \end{aligned}
to h(t), and then
\begin{aligned} \log h(t)&= \log \prod _{i=1}^{n} \left( 1-\frac{t}{\alpha _i}\right) ^{-(\varvec{\gamma })_i -1} \\&= \log \prod _{i=1}^{n} \left( 1-\frac{t}{\alpha _1}\right) ^{-(\varvec{\gamma })_i -1}\left( \frac{\alpha _1}{\alpha _i}\right) ^{-(\varvec{\gamma })_i -1} \left[ 1-\frac{1-\frac{\alpha _i}{\alpha _1}}{1-\frac{t}{\alpha _1}}\right] ^{-(\varvec{\gamma })_i -1} \\&= \log \prod _{i=1}^{n} \left( 1-\frac{t}{\alpha _1}\right) ^{-(\varvec{\gamma })_i -1}\left( \frac{\alpha _1}{\alpha _i}\right) ^{-(\varvec{\gamma })_i -1} +\sum _{i=1}^{n}\log \left[ 1-\frac{1-\frac{\alpha _i}{\alpha _1}}{1-\frac{t}{\alpha _1}}\right] ^{-(\varvec{\gamma })_i -1}. \end{aligned}
Using the Maclaurin expansion $$\displaystyle \log (1-x)=- \sum _{j=1}^{\infty } x^j / j$$, we have
\begin{aligned} \log h(t)&= \log \prod _{i=1}^{n} \left( 1-\frac{t}{\alpha _1}\right) ^{-(\varvec{\gamma })_i -1}\left( \frac{\alpha _1}{\alpha _i}\right) ^{-(\varvec{\gamma })_i -1} \\&\quad + \sum _{i=1}^{n}(-(\varvec{\gamma })_i -1) \left[ - \sum _{j=1}^{\infty } \left( \frac{1-\frac{\alpha _i}{\alpha _1}}{1-\frac{t}{\alpha _1}}\right) ^j/j\right] \\&= \log \prod _{i=1}^{n} \left( 1-\frac{t}{\alpha _1}\right) ^{-(\varvec{\gamma })_i -1}\left( \frac{\alpha _1}{\alpha _i}\right) ^{-(\varvec{\gamma })_i -1} \\&\quad + \sum _{j=1}^{\infty } \left( \sum _{i=1}^{n} ((\varvec{\gamma })_i +1) \left( 1-\frac{\alpha _i}{\alpha _1}\right) ^j /j \right) \left( 1-\frac{t}{\alpha _1}\right) ^{-j} \\&= \log \left[ \prod _{i=1}^{n}\left( \frac{\alpha _i}{\alpha _1}\right) ^{(\varvec{\gamma })_i +1} \left( 1-\frac{t}{\alpha _1}\right) ^{-\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}}\right] + \sum _{j=1}^{\infty }\eta _j \left( 1-\frac{t}{\alpha _1}\right) ^{-j}, \end{aligned}
where
\begin{aligned} \rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}=\sum _{i=1}^{n}\left\{ (\varvec{\gamma })_i + 1\right\} , \quad \eta _j = \sum _{i=1}^n \left\{ (\varvec{\gamma })_i+1\right\} \left( 1-\frac{\alpha _i}{\alpha _1}\right) ^j/j. \end{aligned}
This expression is defined by t such that $$\displaystyle \max _i |(1-\alpha _i/\alpha _1)/(1-t/\alpha _1)|<1$$. Therefore,
\begin{aligned} h(t) =\prod _{i=1}^{n}\left( \frac{\alpha _i}{\alpha _1}\right) ^{(\varvec{\gamma })_i +1} \left( 1-\frac{t}{\alpha _1}\right) ^{-\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}} \exp \left( \sum _{j=1}^{\infty }\eta _j \left( 1-\frac{t}{\alpha _1}\right) ^{-j} \right) . \end{aligned}
Herein, we calculate together the terms of the same order in the Taylor series, and we obtain
\begin{aligned} \exp \left( \sum _{j=1}^{\infty }\eta _j \left( 1-\frac{t}{\alpha _1}\right) ^{-j} \right) = \sum _{k=0}^{\infty }\delta _k \left( 1-\frac{t}{\alpha _1}\right) ^{-k}. \end{aligned}
The coefficient $$\delta _k$$ is obtained by the recursive formula:
\begin{aligned} \delta _{k+1}=\frac{1}{k+1} \sum _{j=1}^{k+1}j \eta _j \delta _{k+1-j}, \ k=0,1,2,\ldots , \end{aligned}
with $$\delta _0 =1$$. Thus, the moment generating function of Y is
\begin{aligned} M_Y(t)=\left( \prod _{i=1}^n \frac{\alpha _i^2}{\alpha _i + \beta _i}\right) \sum _{\varvec{\gamma } \in \mathbb {B}^n} \prod _{i=1}^{n} \frac{\beta _i^{(\varvec{\gamma })_i}}{\alpha _1^{(\varvec{\gamma })_i+1}}\sum _{k=0}^{\infty }\delta _k \left( 1-\frac{t}{\alpha _1}\right) ^{-(\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}+k)}. \end{aligned}
Remark that $$\left( 1-\frac{t}{\alpha _1}\right) ^{-(\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}+k)}$$ is the same as the moment generating function of the gamma distribution. Then, we apply the inverse transformation of the moment generating function term-by-term. Therefore, the theorem is completely proved. $$\square$$

### Theorem 2

The exact cumulative distribution function $$F_Y(y)=P(Y \le y)$$ is derived by term-by-term integration of (3), that is,
\begin{aligned} F_Y(y) = C\sum _{\varvec{\gamma } \in \mathbb {B}^n}D_{\varvec{\gamma }}\sum _{k=0}^{\infty } \delta _k \int _{0}^{y} \frac{1}{\varGamma (\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }} +k)\left( \frac{1}{\alpha _1} \right) ^{\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}+k}} w^{\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }} + k-1}\exp (-\alpha _1 w)\mathrm{d}w. \end{aligned}
(4)
In addition, the truncation error is obtained by
\begin{aligned} E_m(y)= C\sum _{\varvec{\gamma } \in \mathbb {B}^n}D_{\varvec{\gamma }} \frac{\alpha _1^{\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}}}{\varGamma (\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }})} \int _{0}^{y} w^{\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}-1}\exp \left\{ -(1-a)\alpha _1 w\right\} \mathrm{d}w - F_m(y), \end{aligned}
where $$F_m(y)$$ is the sum of the first $$m+1$$ terms of (4for $$k=0,1,\ldots ,m$$.

### Proof

The interchange of the integration and summation in $$F_Y(y)$$ can be justified from the uniform convergence. For $$i=1,2,\ldots$$ and $$a = \max _{2\le \ell \le n}(1-\alpha _\ell / \alpha _1)$$, we have
\begin{aligned} |\eta _j|= \sum _{{s}=1}^{n}\frac{((\varvec{\gamma })_{s} + 1)(1-\alpha _{s}/ \alpha _1)^j}{j} \le \frac{\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }} a^j}{j}, \ j=1,2,\ldots ,k+1. \end{aligned}
From the definition of $$\delta$$, we obtain
\begin{aligned} |\delta _{k+1}| \le \frac{\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}}{k+1} \sum _{j=1}^{k+1}a^j |\delta _{k+1-j}|, \quad k=0,1,2,\ldots , \end{aligned}
from the recursive equation as
\begin{aligned} |\delta _{k+1}| \le \frac{\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}(\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}+1)\cdots (\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}+k)}{(k+1)!}a^{k+1}. \end{aligned}
Therefore,
\begin{aligned} f_{Y}(y)&= C\sum _{\varvec{\gamma } \in \mathbb {B}^n}D_{\varvec{\gamma }} \frac{\alpha _1^{\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}}}{\varGamma (\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }})} y^{\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}-1}\exp (-\alpha _1 y) \sum _{k=0}^{\infty }\frac{\delta _k}{\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}(\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}+1)\cdots (\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}+k-1)}(\alpha _1 y)^k \nonumber \\&\quad \le C\sum _{\varvec{\gamma } \in \mathbb {B}^n}D_{\varvec{\gamma }} \frac{\alpha _1^{\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}}}{\varGamma (\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }})} y^{\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}-1}\exp (-\alpha _1 y) \sum _{k=0}^{\infty }\frac{(\alpha _1 a y)^k}{k!} \nonumber \\&= C\sum _{\varvec{\gamma } \in \mathbb {B}^n}D_{\varvec{\gamma }} \frac{\alpha _1^{\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}}}{\varGamma (\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }})} y^{\rho _{\varvec{\gamma }}-1}\exp \left\{ -(1-a)\alpha _1 y\right\} . \end{aligned}
(5)
Here, (5) shows the uniform convergence of (3), and then we have (4). $$\square$$

## 3 Numerical results

In this section, we discuss the evaluation of the tail probability using the saddlepoint approximation. Furthermore, we estimate parameters by the maximum likelihood method and apply it for the real data analysis.

### 3.1 Saddlepoint approximation

We consider the use of the saddlepoint approximation for the distribution of the sum of the i.n.i.d. extended exponential random variables. The saddlepoint approximation was first proposed by Daniels (1954), and a higher order approximation was also given by Daniels (1987).

Herein, we consider an approximation of the distribution of Y. The cumulant generating function of Y is given by
\begin{aligned} k(t)=\sum _{i=1}^{n}\log \left( \frac{\alpha _i^2 (\alpha _i+\beta _i-t)}{(\alpha _i + \beta _i)(t-\alpha _i)^2} \right) . \end{aligned}
Lugannani and Rice (1980) gave the formula to approximate the distribution function as follows:
\begin{aligned} F_S(x) = \varPhi (\hat{w})+\phi (\hat{w})\left( \frac{1}{\hat{w}} - \frac{1}{\hat{u}} \right) +O(n^{-\frac{3}{2}}), \end{aligned}
(6)
where $$\phi (\cdot )$$ and $$\varPhi (\cdot )$$ are the standard normal probability density function and its corresponding cumulative distribution function, respectively. In addition, we denote
\begin{aligned} \hat{w}=\text {sgn}(\hat{s})\sqrt{2\{\hat{s}x-k(\hat{s})\}}, \quad \hat{u}=\hat{s}\sqrt{k''(\hat{s})}, \end{aligned}
where $$\hat{s}$$ is the root of $$k'(s)=x$$, which is solved numerically by the Newton–Raphson algorithm; $$\text {sgn}(\hat{s})=\pm 1, 0$$ if $$\hat{s}$$ is positive, negative, or zero; and
\begin{aligned} k'(t)&=\sum _{i=1}^{n}\frac{t-\alpha _i-2 \beta _1}{(t-\alpha _i)(\alpha _i+\beta _i-t)}, \\ k''(t)&=\sum _{i=1}^{n} \left( \frac{2}{(t-\alpha _i)^2}-\frac{1}{(\alpha _i+\beta _i-t)^2} \right) . \end{aligned}
Herein, we compare the accuracy of approximation with the following distributions by calculating the probability. $$\hat{y}$$ is a percentile derived from 100, 000, 000 random numbers generated by Y, and p is its exact probability. Note that we generate X as a mixture distribution of two random variables (see Gómez et al. 2014). More precisely, they are exponential and gamma distribution. Then, a random number Y is obtained by the sum of n random numbers X.
• $$F_m$$: the approximate cumulative distribution function, which is truncated in the infinite series in (4) after $$m+1$$ terms.

• $$F_N$$: the normal approximation.

• $$F_S$$: the saddlepoint cumulative distribution function from (6).

In the tables, Conv. represents the exact probability calculated by convolution, r.e. is the relative error between the approximation and p, and MCT is the mean calculating time. In our study, we use Mathematica version 11 (CPU 2.80 GHz and 32.0 GB RAM). The parameters $$\varvec{\alpha } = (\alpha _1, \ldots , \alpha _n)$$, and $$\varvec{\beta } = (\beta _1, \ldots , \beta _n)$$ are generated from the uniform distribution U(0, 3), as in Murakami (2014) and Nadarajah et al. (2015):
1. Case 1:
$$n=2$$
1. Case 1-A:

$$\varvec{\alpha } = (2.30699, 1.43842), \ \varvec{\beta } = (2.13769, 2.69432).$$

2. Case 1-B:

$$\varvec{\alpha } = (2.76659, 0.30096), \ \varvec{\beta } = (0.65938, 1.07876).$$

2. Case 2:
$$n=5$$
1. Case 2-A:

$$\varvec{\alpha } = (1.79204, 1.52231, 0.827571, 1.69002, 1.18927)$$,

$$\varvec{\beta } = (1.23271, 0.343942, 0.840907, 1.7232, 0.585717).$$

2. Case 2-B:

$$\varvec{\alpha } = (0.62841, 2.73007, 0.795827, 1.55644, 1.22646)$$,

$$\varvec{\beta } = (0.942398, 0.866528, 1.43792, 0.631225, 2.01407).$$

3. Case 3:
$$n=10$$
1. Case 3-A:

$$\varvec{\alpha } = (1.82047, 1.53669, 0.887251, 1.70666,$$

0.866679, 1.85662, 1.3083, 0.16474, 1.40535, 1.19952),

$$\varvec{\beta } = (1.17206, 0.331381, 0.811715, 1.10704, 0.575096$$,

1.63428, 0.412453, 0.151229, 1.83359, 1.37744).

2. Case 3-B:

$$\varvec{\alpha } = (1.36622, 2.63063, 2.94352, 0.105937, 1.76873,$$

2.20458, 2.22706, 2.34693, 1.91121, 1.76058),

$$\varvec{\beta } = (2.62005, 0.21023, 1.00028, 0.472836, 2.63518,$$

1.26672, 1.25457, 0.743258, 0.103399, 1.609467).

Table 1

Numerical results for $$n=2$$

$$\hat{y}$$

Conv.

p

$$F_{m}$$

$$F_{N}$$

$$F_{S}$$

r.e. $$F_{N}$$

r.e. $$F_{S}$$

Case 1-A

1.8912

0.6000

0.6000

0.6000

0.5226

0.6005

0.1290

0.0009

2.2256

0.7000

0.7000

0.7000

0.6373

0.7006

0.0895

0.0008

2.6609

0.8000

0.8000

0.8000

0.7688

0.8005

0.0390

0.0006

3.3471

0.9000

0.9000

0.9000

0.9098

0.9003

0.0109

0.0003

3.9896

0.9500

0.9500

0.9500

0.9717

0.9502

0.0228

0.0002

4.6048

0.9750

0.9750

0.9750

0.9928

0.9751

0.0183

0.0001

5.3904

0.9900

0.9900

0.9900

0.9992

0.9900

0.0092

0.0000

MCT (s)

84

1039

0.016

0.031

Case 1-B

6.4006

0.6000

0.6000

0.6001

0.5042

0.5999

0.1597

0.0002

7.7789

0.7000

0.7000

0.7000

0.6203

0.6998

0.1139

0.0003

9.6176

0.8000

0.8000

0.8000

0.7582

0.7998

0.0522

0.0002

12.586

0.9000

0.9000

0.9000

0.9095

0.8998

0.0105

0.0002

15.421

0.9500

0.9500

0.9500

0.9742

0.9499

0.0254

0.0001

18.170

0.9750

0.9750

0.9750

0.9944

0.9749

0.0199

0.0001

21.713

0.9900

0.9900

0.9900

0.9995

0.9900

0.0096

0.0000

MCT (s)

70

731

0.000

0.016

To determine the appropriate value of m is difficult. Therefore, we compared percentiles of $$F_m$$ for various m with the exact probability calculated by convolution. Then, we determine $$m=5000$$ for simulating $$F_m$$. There is no difference between the Conv. and p, as shown in Table 1. Hence, we use the simulated p as the exact probability for Case 2 ($$n=5$$) and Case 3 ($$n=10$$).
Table 2

Numerical results for $$n=5$$

$$\hat{y}$$

p

$$F_{m}$$

$$F_{N}$$

$$F_{S}$$

r.e. $$F_{N}$$

r.e. $$F_{S}$$

Case 2-A

5.6105

0.6000

0.6000

0.5425

0.6008

0.0958

0.0014

6.2899

0.7000

0.7000

0.6544

0.7008

0.0651

0.0012

7.1533

0.8000

0.8000

0.7784

0.8007

0.0271

0.0009

8.4794

0.9000

0.9000

0.9089

0.9005

0.0099

0.0006

9.6923

0.9500

0.9500

0.9680

0.9503

0.0190

0.0003

10.8360

0.9750

0.9750

0.9904

0.9752

0.0158

0.0002

12.2754

0.9900

0.9900

0.9985

0.9900

0.0085

0.0000

MCT (s)

132

19385

0.016

0.031

Case 2-B

7.5544

0.6000

0.6001

0.5434

0.6006

0.0944

0.0009

8.4581

0.7000

0.7000

0.6553

0.7005

0.0639

0.0007

9.6059

0.8000

0.8000

0.7790

0.8004

0.0262

0.0006

11.3643

0.9000

0.9000

0.9090

0.9003

0.0100

0.0003

12.9702

0.9500

0.9500

0.9680

0.9502

0.0189

0.0002

14.4816

0.9750

0.9750

0.9903

0.9751

0.0157

0.0001

16.3811

0.9900

0.9900

0.9984

0.9901

0.0085

0.0001

MCT (s)

103

13621

0.000

0.016

Table 3

Numerical results for $$n=10$$

$$\hat{y}$$

p

$$F_{m}$$

$$F_{N}$$

$$F_{S}$$

r.e. $$F_{N}$$

r.e. $$F_{S}$$

Case 3-A

17.5029

0.6000

More than 100 h

0.5177

0.6011

0.1372

0.0019

19.5850

0.7000

More than 100 h

0.6294

0.7002

0.1008

0.0004

22.3481

0.8000

More than 100 h

0.7611

0.7997

0.0486

0.0003

26.8066

0.9000

More than 100 h

0.9069

0.8997

0.0077

0.0004

31.0632

0.9500

More than 100 h

0.9717

0.9498

0.0229

0.0002

35.1904

0.9750

More than 100 h

0.9933

0.9749

0.0188

0.0001

40.5149

0.9900

More than 100 h

0.9993

0.9899

0.0094

0.0001

MCT (s)

229

0.016

0.031

Case 3-B

23.4805

0.6000

More than 100 h

0.5069

0.5999

0.1552

0.0002

27.4155

0.7000

More than 100 h

0.6223

0.6998

0.1111

0.0003

32.6564

0.8000

More than 100 h

0.7590

0.7998

0.0512

0.0003

41.1107

0.9000

More than 100 h

0.9091

0.8998

0.0101

0.0002

49.1727

0.9500

More than 100 h

0.9737

0.9499

0.0249

0.0001

56.9841

0.9750

More than 100 h

0.9942

0.9749

0.0197

0.0001

67.0520

0.9900

More than 100 h

0.9995

0.9900

0.0096

0.0000

MCT (s)

165

0.000

0.031

Tables 1, 2 and 3 show that $$F_m$$ is closer to p than any other approximation. However, it is difficult to apply the real data analysis because it takes many times to calculate the probability. On the other hand, $$F_N$$ and $$F_S$$ overcome the calculating time; in particular, $$F_S$$ gives better accuracy than $$F_N$$.

### 3.2 Parameter estimation

In this section, we discuss the parameter estimation for the sum of extended exponential distribution for the case of $$n=2$$.

We estimate the parameter from the random number generated from the distribution of the sum of the extended exponential random variables.
Table 4

The mean (the variance) of numerical simulation based on 1000 iterations and the first four moments

True

r

True

r

100

500

2000

100

500

2000

$$\hat{\alpha _1}$$

2.2

1.99

2.07

2.12

E[Y]

1.67

1.74

1.70

1.68

(2.21)

(0.76)

(0.64)

$$\hat{\alpha _2}$$

1.4

1.45

1.39

1.38

$$E[Y^2]$$

3.99

4.21

4.06

4.01

(0.07)

(0.04)

(0.03)

$$\hat{\beta _1}$$

2.6

4.28

4.28

3.60

$$E[Y^3]$$

12.27

13.04

12.48

12.34

(18.4)

(13.9)

(5.34)

$$\hat{\beta _2}$$

0.8

0.60

0.43

0.49

$$E[Y^4]$$

46.26

49.08

46.98

46.57

(3.07)

(1.62)

(0.89)

Table 4 reveals that the estimated parameters are close to the true parameters as sample size r increases. $$\hat{\beta _1}$$ and $$\hat{\beta _2}$$ are different from true parameters $$\beta _1$$ and $$\beta _2$$; however, there is almost no difference in the moments. The simulation results show that parameter estimation works well. Nevertheless, since the variance is large when the sample size is small, the initial value problem in the parameter estimation is considered. Furthermore, it is necessary to discuss the identifiability of the parameters in the future.

### 3.3 Real data analysis

We compare the Akaike information criterion (AIC) with the extended exponential distribution of Gómez et al. (2014) (i.e., the case of $$n=1$$, EE1) and $$f_Y$$ with $$n=2, 3$$ (EE2, EE3), Gamma distribution G($$\alpha _1, \ \alpha _2$$), and Weibull distribution W($$\alpha _1, \ \alpha _2$$) based on the maximum likelihood approach.

We consider two data sets of the life of the fatigue fracture of Kevlar 49/epoxy, which is a widely used synthetic fiber, given in Glaser (1983) as follows:

Dataset 1:

0.0251, 0.0886, 0.0891, 0.2501, 0.3113, 0.3451, 0.4763, 0.5650, 0.5671, 0.6566, 0.6748, 0.6751, 0.6753, 0.7696, 0.8375, 0.8391, 0.8425, 0.8645, 0.8851, 0.9113, 0.9120, 0.9836, 1.0483, 1.0596, 1.0773, 1.1733, 1.2570, 1.2766, 1.2985, 1.3211, 1.3503, 1.3551, 1.4595, 1.4880, 1.5728, 1.5733, 1.7083, 1.7263, 1.7460, 1.7630, 1.7746, 1.8275, 1.8375, 1.8503, 1.8808, 1.8878, 1.8881, 1.9316, 1.9558, 2.0048, 2.0408, 2.0903, 2.1093, 2.1330, 2.2100, 2.2460, 2.2878, 2.3203, 2.3470, 2.3513, 2.4951, 2.5260, 2.9911, 3.0256, 3.2678, 3.4045, 3.4846, 3.7433, 3.7455, 3.9143, 4.8073, 5.4005, 5.4435, 5.5295, 6.5541, and 9.0960.

Dataset 2:

0.7367, 1.1627, 1.8945, 1.9340, 2.3180, 2.6483, 2.8573, 2.9918, 3.0797, 3.1152, 3.1335, 3.2647, 3.4873, 3.5390, 3.6335, 3.6541, 3.7645, 3.8196, 3.8520, 3.9653, 4.2488, 4.3017, 4.3942, 4.6416, 4.7070, 4.8885, 5.1746, 5.4962, 5.5310, 5.5588, 5.6333, 5.7006, 5.8730, 5.8737, 5.9378, 6.1960, 6.2217, 6.2630, 6.3163, 6.4513, 6.8320, 6.9447, 7.2595, 7.3183, 7.3313, 7.7587, 8.0393, 8.0693, 8.1928, 8.4166, 8.7558, 8.8398, 9.2497, 9.2563, 9.5418, 9.6472, 9.6902, 9.9316, 10.018, 10.4028 , 10.4188, 10.7250, 10.9411, 11.7962, 12.075, 12.6933, 13.5307, 13.8105, 14.5067, 15.3013, 16.2742, 18.2682, and 19.2033.

In addition, we consider another type of data set consisting of the waiting times between 65 consecutive eruptions of the Kiama Blowhole. These data can be obtained at http://www.statsci.org/data/oz/kiama.html.

Dataset 3:

83, 51, 87, 60, 28, 95, 8, 27, 15, 10, 18, 16, 29, 54, 91, 8, 17, 55, 10, 35,47, 77, 36, 17, 21, 36, 18, 40, 10, 7, 34, 27, 28, 56, 8, 25, 68, 146, 89, 18, 73, 69, 9, 37, 10, 82, 29, 8, 60, 61, 61, 18, 169, 25, 8, 26, 11, 83, 11, 42, 17, 14, 9 and 12.

Results of the parameter estimation of various models are shown in Table 5.
Table 5

Parameter estimates for various models

Distribution

$$\hat{\alpha _1}$$

$$\hat{\beta _1}$$

$$\hat{\alpha _2}$$

$$\hat{\beta _2}$$

$$\hat{\alpha _3}$$

$$\hat{\beta _3}$$

AIC

Dataset 1

EE1

0.954

6.365

247.3

EE2

0.709

0.000

2.296

0.817

253.2

EE3

156.3

1.320

99.54

118.6

1.007

15.91

256.8

Gamma

1.641

0.838

248.5

Weibull

1.326

2.133

249.0

Dataset 2

EE1

0.281

835.7

405.1

EE2

0.474

10.77

0.476

0.348

402.5

EE3

1.898

0.498

0.462

1.064

0.465

0.201

406.5

Gamma

3.071

0.432

398.5

Weibull

1.877

8.039

400.0

Dataset 3

EE1

0.050

7.038

597.6

EE2

0.335

$$2.5 \times 10^6$$

0.032

0.003

594.8

EE3

0.715

4.125

0.030

0.001

0.519

4.823

596.9

Gamma

1.621

0.041

595.8

Weibull

1.274

43.21

597.8

Moreover, Figs. 1, 2 and 3 reveal data fitting for various models. Fig. 1 Fitted pdfs of the distribution for Dataset 1 Fig. 2 Fitted pdfs of the distribution for Dataset 2 Fig. 3 Fitted pdfs of the distribution for Dataset 3

In Dataset 1, as same as Gómez et al. (2014), AIC indicated that EE1 is the most suitable models. Another example, EE2 is more suitable than EE1 while the gamma model is a better fit in Dataset 2. However, EE2 is the best model to Dataset 3. As a whole, the sum of the extended exponential models has versatility for these data sets.

## 4 Conclusion and discussion

In this study, we obtained the exact distribution of the sum of the i.n.i.d. extended exponential n random variables using the simple gamma series and recursive formula. Numerical simulation showed that the saddlepoint approximation is the most appropriate for the cumulative distribution function, as well as in terms of the calculation time. Distribution of the sum of the extended exponential random variables was a suitable model for real data based on the AIC.

We need to consider the initial value problem of the parameter estimation. In addition, the upper bound in (5) is just one example. Then, it is necessary to determine the minimum upper bound of $$f_Y(y)$$. The future challenge is to obtain the distribution of the sum of the non-independent and non-identically extended exponential random variables.

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## Authors and Affiliations

1. 1.Department of Applied Mathematics, Graduate School of ScienceTokyo University of ScienceTokyoJapan
2. 2.Department of Applied MathematicsTokyo University of ScienceTokyoJapan