Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

2001 Edition
| Editors: Saul I. Gass, Carl M. Harris

Failure-rate function

  • Saul I. Gass
  • Carl M. Harris
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-0611-X_329
The failure rate at time t of a “unit” with lifetime density f( t) and lifetime CDF F( t) is defined by the (approximate) probability h( tt that a random lifetime ends in a small interval of time Δ t, given that it has survived to the beginning of the interval. For the continuous case, this is formerly written as
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Saul I. Gass
    • 1
  • Carl M. Harris
    • 2
  1. 1.Robert H. Smith School of BusinessUniversity of MarylandCollege PartUSA
  2. 2.School of Information Technology & EngineeringGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA