Optimal sample size for the birnbaum–saunders distribution under decision theory with symmetric and asymmetric loss functions

Eliardo Costa, Manoel Santos-Neto, VICTOR ELISEO LEIVA SANCHEZ

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Abstract

The fatigue-life or Birnbaum–Saunders distribution is an asymmetrical model that has been widely applied in several areas of science and mainly in reliability. Although diverse methodologies related to this distribution have been proposed, the problem of determining the optimal sample size when estimating its mean has not yet been studied. In this paper, we derive a methodology to determine the optimal sample size under a decision-theoretic approach. In this approach, we consider symmetric and asymmetric loss functions for point and interval inference. Computational tools in the R language were implemented to use this methodology in practice. An illustrative example with real data is also provided to show potential applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number926
JournalSymmetry
Volume13
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 23 May 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bayes risk
  • Inverse gamma distribution
  • LINEX loss function
  • Metropolis–Hastings algorithm
  • R language
  • Sampling cost

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