Basic Concepts and Distributions for Product Life

  1. Wayne Nelson

Published Online: 28 JAN 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0471725234.ch2

Applied Life Data Analysis

Applied Life Data Analysis

How to Cite

Nelson, W. (1982) Basic Concepts and Distributions for Product Life, in Applied Life Data Analysis, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471725234.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JAN 2005
  2. Published Print: 4 FEB 1982

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471094586

Online ISBN: 9780471725237



  • product life data;
  • exponential distribution;
  • life distributions;
  • discrete distributions;
  • mathematical models


This chapter includes the following topics:

  • General Theory on Continuous Distributions (Illustrated by the Exponential Distribution)

  • Normal Distribution

  • Lognormal Distribution

  • Weibull Distribution

  • Smallest Extreme Value Distribution

  • Gamma and Chi-Square Distributions

  • Other Distributions

  • Shifted Distributions

  • Conditional and Truncated Distributions

  • Joint Distributions and the Joint Normal Distribution

  • General Theory on Discrete Distributions (Geometric Distribution)

  • Poisson Distribution

  • Binomial Distribution

  • Hypergeometric Distribution

  • Multinomial Distribution

  • Problems