Cumulative damage and times of occurrence for a multicomponent system: A discrete time approach

Raúl Fierro, Víctor Leiva, Jean Paul Maidana

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A discrete time stochastic model for a multicomponent system is presented, which consists of two random vectors representing a multivariate cumulative damage and their corresponding failure times. The times of occurrence of some events, for the system components, are correlated and their associate cumulative damages are assumed to be additive. Since, in general, it is not possible to obtain a closed form for the distribution of these random vectors, their asymptotic distribution is studied. A central limit theorem and a large deviation principle for the multivariate cumulative damage are derived. An application to neurophysiology is presented. Parameters associated with the mean and covariance matrix of the shocks are assumed known. Otherwise, they can be estimated through well-known methods. However, the critical levels (thresholds) of resistance for the components of the system are assumed to be unknown parameters. One of the objectives of this work is to carry out asymptotic statistical inference on these parameters. To this end, the asymptotic distribution of certain Mahalanobis type distances is studied, which enables us to estimate the parameters of interest and to test hypotheses concerning their values. Numerical results complete the analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-333
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Multivariate Analysis
StatePublished - Nov 2018


  • Asymptotic distribution
  • Central limit theorem
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Large deviation principle
  • Shock model


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