MPIDR Working Paper
Modeling failure (mortality) rate with a change point
MPIDR Working Paper WP-2003-041, 10 pages.
Rostock, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (December 2003)
Simple models for the failure (mortality) rate change point are considered. The relationship with the mean residual lifetime function change point problem is discussed. It is shown that when the change point is random, the observed failure (mortality) rate can be obtained via a specific mixture of lifetime distributions. The shape of the observed failure (mortality) rate is analyzed and the corresponding sim-ple but meaningful example is considered.