What is the Exponential-Logarithmic Distribution?
The exponential-logarithmic (EL) distribution is a log-series mixture distribution of exponential random variables, introduced by Tahmasbi and Rezaei in 2008 . It is created when the rate parameter for the exponential distribution is randomized by the logarithmic distribution.
The distribution is used to model decreasing failure or survival rates; In other words, it can be used to model processes that improve over time. An example would be a trainee machine operator that makes fewer errors as training progresses. In reliability analysis, the distribution is based on the concept of modeling reliability when time-to-failure happens when an unknown number of initial “defects” on a components is considered . It is defined on the interval [0, ∞).
PDF & CDF of the Exponential-Logarithmic Distribution
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 Tahmasbi, R. and Rezaei, S. (2008). A two-parameter lifetime distribution with decreasing failure rate. Computational Statistics & Data Analysis 52(8):3889-3901
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 King, M. Statistics for Process Control Engineers: A Practical Approach. (2017). Wiley.