By Masatoshi Fukushima

Because the booklet of the 1st version in 1994, this e-book has attracted consistent pursuits from readers and is via now considered as a typical reference for the speculation of Dirichlet varieties. For the current moment version, the authors not just revised the prevailing textual content, but additionally additional a few new sections in addition to numerous routines with recommendations. The booklet addresses to researchers and graduate scholars who desire to understand the realm of Dirichlet varieties and symmetric Markov methods.

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The approach is well known from classical sensitivity analyses. We see that if IiB is large, a small change in the reliability of component i will give a relatively large change in system reliability. Birnbaum’s measure might be appropriate, for example, in the operation phase where possible improvement actions are related to operation and maintenance parameters. Before looking closer into speciﬁc improvement actions of the components, it will be informative to measure the sensitivity of the system reliability with respect to small changes in the reliability of the components.

However, this IFR property is in some cases too strong and other intuitive notions of aging have been suggested. Among them are the increasing failure rate average (IFRA) property and the notions of new better than used (NBU) and new better than 38 2. Basic Reliability Theory used in expectation (NBUE). In the following subsection these concepts are introduced formally and the relationships among them are investigated. Furthermore, these notions should be applied to complex systems. If we consider the time dynamics of such systems, we want to investigate how the reliability of the whole system changes in time if the components have one of the mentioned aging properties.

Taking the limit u → 0− we have Λ(0−) = 0 and Λ(αt) ≤ αΛ(t), which amounts to F¯ (αt) ≥ (F¯ (t))α . But this is equivalent to the IFRA property (see Remark 1 above). F IFRA⇒ F NBU: With the abbreviations a = −(1/x) ln F¯ (x) and b = −(1/y) ln F¯ (y) we obtain from the IFRA property for positive x, y that −(1/(x + y)) ln F¯ (x + y) ≥ a ∨ b = max{a, b} and − ln F¯ (x + y) ≥ (a ∨ b)(x + y) ≥ ax + by = − ln F¯ (x) − ln F¯ (y). But this is the NBU property F¯ (x + y) ≤ F¯ (x)F¯ (y). F NBU⇒ F NBUE: This inequality follows by integrating the NBU inequality ∞ F¯ (t)µ(t) = 0 F¯ (x + t)dx ≤ F¯ (t) ∞ F¯ (x)dx = F¯ (t)µ, 0 which completes the proof.