By N. Balakrishnan, C. R. Rao

Hardbound. the realm of Reliability has turn into a crucial and energetic region of study. this can be in actual fact obtrusive from the big physique of literature that has been constructed within the type of books, volumes and learn papers given that 1988 whilst the former instruction manual of records in this quarter used to be ready through P.R. Krishnaiah and C.R. Rao. this is why we felt that this is often certainly the fitting time to commit one other quantity within the instruction manual of data sequence to focus on a few fresh advances within the quarter of Reliability. With this goal in brain, we solicited articles from top specialists operating within the quarter of Reliability from either academia and undefined. This, in our opinion, has led to a quantity with a pleasant combination of articles (33 in overall) facing theoretical, methodological and utilized matters in Reliability. For the benefit of readers, we now have divided this quantity into thirteen elements as follows: Reli

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91 ....... 0 50 100 1 ~ ! i i i 150 " >'~"~ . . . . i 200 250 Time ! 300 i. . . . . 350 400 450 Reliability for the semi-Markov system ~ ! ~ ~ ! 500 Competin q Risk Embedded Markov Chain Method .... 9 I I .................... 6 50 100 150 200 250 Time 300 350 400 Fig. 5. Graphical comparison of the simulation methods. 450 500 40 N. Balakrishnan, N. Limnios and C. Papadopoulos corresponding holding times to the states visited using the distribution functions F/j(t). This algorithm is similar to the algorithm used for the simulation of C T M C and is given below.

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We need to know for example Var(Y) and Cov(X, Y) which is not always the case. In practice, these quantities have to be estimated using the first samples of the simulation and the estimates obtained can be used to give an approximate value for c*. We can then carry out the rest of the simulation using this value. The name of control variables sterns from the fact that the random variable Y and the samples obtained by the simulation play the role of the correction/control factor. In other words, when the simulated Y value is greater than its already known expected value, then i f X and Y are positively correlated, X will have the tendency to be greater than its mean (0), also.