# Journal of Statistical Theory and Applications

Volume 17, Issue 2, June 2018, Pages 242 - 260

# Estimating the Modified Weibull Parameters in Presence of Constant-Stress Partially Accelerated Life Testing

Authors
Mohamed A. W. Mahmoudmawmahmoud11@yahoo.com
Mathematics Department, Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, Nasr City (11884), Cairo, Egypt.
Rashad M. EL-Sagheerrashadmath@yahoo.com rashadmath@azhar.edu.eg
Mathematics Department, Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, Nasr City (11884), Cairo, Egypt.
Amr M. Abou-Sennaamr.abosenna@yahoo.com
Mathematics Department, Faculty of Engineering, Shoubra, Benha University, Cairo, Egypt.
Received 14 July 2017, Accepted 10 January 2018, Available Online 30 June 2018.
DOI
10.2991/jsta.2018.17.2.5How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Modified Weilbull distribution; Constant-partially accelerated life testing; Progressive Type-II censoring; Asymptotic confidence intervals; Bootstrap; Bayesian estimation
Abstract

Accelerated life testing is very important in life testing experiments because it saves time and cost. In this paper, assuming that the lifetime of items under use condition follows the modified Weilbull distribution, partially accelerated life tests based on progressive Type-II censored samples are considered. The likelihood equations are to be solved numerically to obtain the maximum likelihood estimates. Based on normal approximation to the asymptotic distribution of maximum likelihood estimates, the approximate confidence intervals for the parameters are derived. Two bootstrap confidence intervals called bootstrap-p and bootstrap-t are also discussed. It is difficult to get explicit form for Bayes estimates, so we use Markov chain Monte Carlo method to solve this problem, which gives us flexibility to construct the credible intervals for parameters. Finally, a simulation study is performed to compare between MLEs and Bayes estimates.

Copyright
Copyright © 2018, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
Open Access
This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licences/by-nc/4.0/).

ALT

Accelerated Life Test

PALT

Partially ALT

C-SPALT

Constant-stress PALT

SF

Reliability Function

HRF

Hazard Rate Function

BP

Percentile Bootstrap

BT

Bootstrap-t

CRIs

credible intervals

PRO-II-C

Progressive Type-II Censored

MCMC

Markov chain Monte Carlo

MWD

Modified Weilbull Distribution

PDF

Probability Density Function

CDF

Cumulative Distribution Function

MLEs

Maximum Likelihood Estimates

ACIs

Approximate Confidence Intervals

M-H

Metropolis-Hastings method

## 1. Introduction

There is a difficulity in getting information about the lifetime of products with high quality during testing under normal conditions, so ALTs are used in manufacturing industries to get failure data in short period of time. According to Nelson [24] there exist three ALT methods. The first one is called constant-stress ALT, where the stress is being constant during the experiment [3, 5, 4, 18]. The second one is called progressive-stress ALT, where the applied stress is increasing during time [6, 31]. The third one is called step-stress ALT,where the test condition changes at a certain time or after the termination of specific number of failures. Miler and Nelson [23] got the optimal step-stress ALT plans in the case where tested items have exponentially distributed lives and are observed until all tests fail. For more researches on ALTs, see others [14, 17, 20, 25, 28, 32]. In ALTs, the test items are tested at accelerated conditions, by applying higher levels of stress, to induce failures. Data collected at such accelerated conditions are then extrapolated through statistical model to estimate the lifetime distribution at normal condition. We use PALT when the acceleration factor is unknown, where items are examined at both normal and accelerated conditions. The stress in PALT can be divided into 3-types which are constant-stress, step-stress and progressive-stress. In step-stress PALT, items are tested at normal level, then the stress will be changed at a certain time. Many authers have dealt with this type, including Abdel-Hamid and Al-Hussaini [2].In C-SPALT (which is the main topic of this paper) we run each item at either normal or accelerated condition only. In life testing experiments, our target is to save time and cost and this leads us to what is known as censoring in which complete data about failure times for all experimental units may not be obtained, but data obtained from these experiments are called censored data. The most common censoring schemes are Type-I censoring and Type-II censoring, but in these two types the withdrawing of units is not allowed until the end of the experiment, so a more general censoring scheme called PRO-II-C has been used in this paper to overcome this problem in which the removal of prespecified number of units is done when an individual unit fails, this continues until fixed number of units fail, at which stage the remainder of the surviving units are removed. Another generalization of Weibull distribution called MWD was introduced by Xie et al. [33] and a detailed statistical analysis was given in Tang et al. [29]. The distribution is in fact a generalization of the model studied by Chen [9]. If X follows a MWD, then the PDF, CDF, SF and HRF are given respectively by

f1(x)=λα(xβ)α1exp{(xβ)α+λβ(1exp[(xβ)α])},x>0,α,β,λ>0,
F1(x)=1exp{λβ(1exp{(xβ)α})},x>0,α,β,λ>0,
S1(x)=exp{λβ(1exp{(xβ)α})},
and
h1(x)=λα(xβ)α1exp{(xβ)α}.

The shape of h1 (x) of MWD depends only on the shape parameter α, see [19].

• For α ≥ 1: h1 (x) is an increasing function.

• For 0 < α < 1: h1 (x) is decreasing for x<β(1α1)1α and increasing for x>β(1α1)1α . The hazard rate plots of the distribution are given in Fig.1.

It is clear that the exponential power distribution(α,β) is a special case of MWD with λ = 1, so any results obtained in our study, will also be valid for the exponential Power distribution(α,β) and this was considered and studied by Smith and Bain [27].The MWD model has been fitted to the failure times of Aarset data (Aarset [1]) and the failure times of a sample of devices in a large system Gupta et al. [15].The detailed description of the data set can be found in Meeker and Escobar [21].

This paper can be organized as follows: In Section 2 some basic assumptions and description of the model are presented. The derivation of the MLEs of the parameters as well as the corresponding ACIs and the two parametric bootstrap confidence intervals for the parameters are showed in Section 3. Section 4 discusses the Bayesian approach that uses the well-known MCMC method. A numerical example to depict the approach is given in Section 5. A simulation study is presented in Section 6. Finally, some concluding remarks are considered in Section 7.

## 2. Model description and assumptions

In C-SPALT, n1 items are randomly selected among n test items and tested under use condition and n2 = nn1 remaining items are subjected to an accelerated condition. PRO-II-C is applied as follows, when the first failure occurs, Xk1;mk,nkRk , Rk1 items are randomly withdrawn from the remaining nk − 1 surviving items. At the second failure Xk2;mj,njRk , Rk2 items from the remaining nk − 2 − Rk1 items are randomly withdrawn. The test continues until the mkth failure Xkmk;mk,nkRk at which time, all remaining Rkmk=nkmkt=1mk1Rkt items are withdrawn for k = 1,2. If the failure times of the nk items originally in the test are from a continuous population with CDF Fk (x) and PDF fk (x), the joint PDF for Xk1;mk,nkRk<Xk2;mk,nkRk<<Xkmk;mk,nkRk and k = 1,2 (see Balakrishnan and Aggarwala [7]) is given by

L(α,β,λ,μ|x¯)=k=12Bk{z=1mkfk(xkz;mk,nk)(Sk(xkz;mk,nk))Rkz},
where
Bk=nk(nk1Rk1)(nk2Rk1Rk2)(nkmkt=1mk1Rkt).

Now, we assume that the lifetime of the items tested at use condition follows a MWD with PDF,CDF,SF and HRF given in (1.1)(1.4). The hazard rate of an item tested at accelerated condition is given by h2 (x) = μh1 (x), where μ is an acceleration factor satisfying μ > 1. Therefore, the HRF, SF, CDF and PDF under acceerated condition are given respectively by

h2(x)=μλα(xβ)α1exp{(xβ)α},
S2(x)=exp[0xh2(z)dz]=exp{λμβ(1exp{(xβ)α})},
F2(x)=1exp{λμβ(1exp{(xβ)α})},
and
f2(x)=λμα(xβ)α1exp{(xβ)α+λβμ(1exp{(xβ)α})}.

## 3. Maximum likelihood estimation

Let Xk1;mk,nkRk<Xk2;mk,nkRk<<Xkmk;mk,nkRk for k = 1,2 denote two PRO-II-C samples from two populations whose CDFs and PDFs are given in (1.1), (1.2), (2.4) and (2.5) with Rk = (Rk1,Rk2,…,Rkmk). The likelihood function without normalized constant can be written as

L(α,β,λ,μ|x¯)=(αλ)m1+m2μm2k=12z=1mk(xkzβ)α1×exp{k=12z=1mk(xkzβ)α+λβξk(1+Rkz)Ψxkz},
where
Ψxkz=1exp{(xkzβ)α},
and
ξk={1,ifk=1,μ,ifk=2.

Therefore, the log-likelihood function (α,β,λ,μ|x¯)=logL(α,β,λ,μ|x¯) without normalized constant is given by

(α,β,λ,μ|x¯)=k=12z=1mk((xkzβ)α+(α1)logxkz+λβξk(1+Rkz)Ψxkz)+m2logμ+(m1+m2)log(λαβα1).

Then, we differentiate (3.3) with respect to α, β,λ and μ and equate each result to zero. For simplification, we can write (α,β,λ,μ|x¯)α , (α,β,λ,μ|x¯)β , (α,β,λ,μ|x¯)λ and (α,β,λ,μ|x¯)μ as α , β , λ and μ respectively

α=k=12z=1mk(xkzβ)αlog(xkzβ)(1λβξk(1+Rkz)exp{(xkzβ)α})+logxkz+(m1+m2)(1αlogβ)=0,
β=k=12z=1mkλξk(1+Rkz)(1exp{(xkzβ)α})+k=12z=1mkα(xkzβ)α(λξk(1+Rkz)exp{(xkzβ)α}1β)(m1+m2)(α1)β=0,
λ=(m1+m2)λ+k=12z=1mkξkβΨxkz(1+Rkz)=0,
and
μ=m2μ+z=1m2λβ(1exp{(x2zβ)α})(1+R2z)=0.

A system of nonlinear simultaneous equations in four unknowns vaiables α, β, λ and μ is resulted, but it is not an easy task to get an exact solution, so we tackle this situation by using a numerical method such as Newton-Raphson to obtain an approximate solution of the above nonlinear system, see EL-Sagheer [13].

## 3.1. Approximate interval estimation

Upon forming the Fisher information matrix, we take the inverse of it to get the asymptotic variances and covariances of the MLE for parameters α, β, λ and μ, but unfortunately, the exact mathematical expressions are very difficult to obtain, so we give an approximate asymptotic varaince-covariance matrix for the MLE by ignoring the expectation operator E.

F1=[2α22αβ2αλ2αμ2βα2β22βλ2βμ2λα2λβ2λ22λμ2μα2μβ2μλ2μ2](αˆ,βˆ,λˆ,μˆ)1=[var(αˆ)cov(αˆ,βˆ)cov(αˆ,λˆ)cov(αˆ,μˆ)cov(βˆ,αˆ)var(βˆ)cov(βˆ,λˆ)cov(βˆ,μˆ)cov(λˆ,αˆ)cov(λˆ,βˆ)var(λˆ)cov(λˆ,μˆ)cov(μˆ,αˆ)cov(μˆ,βˆ)cov(μˆ,λˆ)var(μˆ)],
where
2α2=k=12z=1mk(xkzβ)α(log(xkzβ))2(1λβξk(1+Rkz))exp{(xkzβ)α}Φxkz(m1+m2)α2,
Φxkz=1+(xkzβ)α,
2β2=k=12z=1mk(λαβξk(1+Rkz)(xkzβ)αexp{(xkzβ)α}(1αα(xkzβ)α))+k=12z=1mk(αβ2(1+α)(xkzβ)α)+(m1+m2)(α1)β2,
2λ2=(m1+m2)λ2,
and
2μ2=m2μ2.

The common method to construct the confidence interval for the parameters α, β, λ and μ is to use the asymptotic normal distribution of MLEs and this is showed by Vander Weil and Meeker [30]. Therefore, (1 − γ)100% confidence intervals for parameters α, β, λ and μ become

αˆ±Zγ/2var(αˆ),βˆ±Zγ/2var(βˆ),λˆ±Zγ/2var(λˆ),μˆ±Zγ/2var(μˆ),
where Zγ/2 is the percentile of the standard normal distribution with right-tail probability γ/2.

## 3.2. Bootstrap confidence intervals

The bootstrap is a resampling method for statistical inference and commonly used to estimate CIs. For more information about parametric and non-parametric bootstrap methods, see [10, 12]. We propose to use confidence intervals based on the parameteric bootstrap methods (i) BP method based on the idea of Efron [11], (ii) BT method based on the idea of Hall [16]. The algorithms for estimating the confidence intervals using both methods are illustrated below.

## 3.2.1. BP method

• Step1:

From the original data x¯(Xk1;mk,nkRk<Xk2;mk,nkRk<<Xkmk;mk,nkRk) for k = 1,2 compute the MLEs of the parameters: αˆ , βˆ , λˆ and μˆ by solving the nonlinear Equations (3.4)(3.7).

• Step2:

Use αˆ , βˆ , λˆ and μˆ to generate two independant PRO-II-C samples of size m1 and m2 from the MWD using algorithm presented in Balakrishnan and Sandhu [8].

• Step3:

As in Step 1, based on x¯* compute the bootstrap sample estimates of αˆ , βˆ , λˆ and μˆ , say αˆ* , βˆ* , λˆ* and μˆ* .

• Step4:

Repeat Steps 2–3 N times representing N bootstrap MLE’s of α, β, λ and μ based on N different bootstrap samples.

• Step5:

Arrange all αˆ*s , βˆ*s , λˆ*s and μˆ*s , in an ascending order to obtain the bootstrap sample (ηˆj*[1],ηˆj*[2],,ηˆj*[N]), , j = 1,2,3,4 where η1*=α* , η2*=β* , η3*=λ* , η4*=μ* .

Let G(z)=P(ηˆj*z) be the CDF of ηˆj* . Define ηˆjboot*=G1(z) for given z. The approximate bootstrap 100(1 − γ)% confidence interval of ηˆj* is given by

[ηˆjboot*(γ2),ηˆjboot*(1γ2)].

## 3.2.2. BT method

• Step 1:

From the original data x¯(Xk1;mk,nkRk<Xk2;mk,nkRk<<Xkmk;mk,nkRk) for k = 1,2 compute the MLEs of the parameters: αˆ , βˆ , λˆ and μˆ by solving the nonlinear Equations (3.4)(3.7).

• Step 2:

Using αˆ , βˆ , λˆ and μˆ generate a bootstrap sample {x1*,x2*,,xn*} . Based on {x1*,x2*,,xn*} compute the bootstrap estimate of α, β, λ and μ, say αˆ* , βˆ* , λˆ* and μˆ* and the following statistics

Tj*=n(ηˆj*ηˆj)Var(ηˆj*),
where ηˆ1=αˆ , ηˆ2=βˆ , ηˆ3=λˆ and ηˆ4=μˆ for j = 1,2,3,4 and Var(ηˆj*) is obtained using the Fisher information matrix.

• Step 3:

Repeat Step 2, N boot times.

For the T1* , T2* , T3* and T4* values obtained in Step2, determine the upper and lower bounds of the 100(1 − γ)% confidence interval of α, β, λ and μ as follows: let H(x)=P(Tj*x) , j = 1,2,3,4 be the CDF of T1* , T2* , T3* and T4* . For a given x, define

ηˆjBoott(x)=ηˆj+n1/2Var(ηˆj)H1(x).

The 100(1 − γ)% ACI of ηˆj is given by

(ηˆjBoott(γ2),ηˆjBoott(1γ2))

## 4. Bayesian estimation using MCMC

In this section we describe how to obtain the Bayes estimates and the corresponding credible intervals of parameters α, β, λ and μ when they are unknown. In some situations where we do not have sufficient prior information, we can use non-informative uniform distribution as the prior distribution. . The joint posterior density will then be in proportion to the likelihood function. Here we consider the prior distributions for our parameters α, β, λ and μ are

π(α)α1,α>0,π(β)β1,β>0,π(λ)λ1,λ>0,π(μ)μ1,μ>1.

Therefore, the joint prior of the four parameters can be expressed by

π(α,β,λ,μ)(α,β,λ,μ)1,α>0,β>0,λ>0,μ>1.

The joint posterior density function of α, β, λ and μ given the data, denoted by π*(α,β,λμ|x¯) can be written as

π*(α,β,λ,μ|x¯)=(α,β,λ,μ|x¯)×π(α,β,λ,μ)0000(α,β,λ,μ|x¯)×π(α,β,λ,μ)dαdβdλdμ.

It is not possible to compute (4.2) analytically. Therefore, we propose the MCMC technique to generate samples from the posterior distributions and then compute the Bayes estimate for each individual parameter. There are many MCMC schemes and it is difficult to choose among them, but an important sub-class of MCMC methods are Gibbs sampling and more general Metropolis-within-Gibbs sampler.

## 4.1. The Metropolis-Hastings -Within-Gibbs sampling

We propose to use Gibbs sampling procedure to generate a sample from the posterior density function π*(α, β, λ,μ|x) and in turn compute the Bayes estimates and also construct the corresponding credible intervals based on the generated posterior sample. In order to use the method of MCMC for estimating the parameters, namely, α, β, λ and μ, let us consider independent priors (4.1) for the parameters α, β, λ and μ. The expression for the posterior is directly proportional to the likelihood and the prior and this can be written as

π*(α,β,λ,μ|x¯)μm21λm1+m21αm1+m21β1k=12z=1mk(xkzβ)α1×exp{k=12z=1mk(xkzβ)α+λβξk(1+Rkz)Ψxkz}.

The conditional posterior densities of λ, μ, α and β are as follows:

π1*(λ|α,β,μ,x¯)Gamma(m1+m2,k=12z=1mkβξk(1+Rkz)Ψ(xkz)),
π2*(μ|α,β,λ,x¯)Gamma(m2,z=1m2βλ(1+R2z)Ψx2z),
π3*(α|β,λ,μ,x¯)αm1+m21k=12z=1mk(xkzβ)α1×exp{k=12z=1mk(xkzβ)αλβξk(1+Rkz)exp{(xkzβ)α}},
and
π4*(β|α,λ,μ,x¯)β1k=12z=1mk(xkzβ)α1×exp{k=12z=1mk(xkzβ)α+λβξk(1+Rkz)Ψxkz}.

We note that Equations (4.4) and (4.5) follow gamma distribution, so samples of λ and μ can be easily generated using any gamma generating routine. The posterior of α in Equation (4.6) and the posterior of β in Equation (4.7) are unknown, but if we plot each of them, their graphs are similar to normal distribution, see Figures 3 and 4, so we use the Metropolis-Hastings (M-H) method with normal proposal distribution to generate from each of them. For more details about M-H algorithm, see [22] and [26].

The algorithm of Gibbs sampling is as follows:

• Step 1:

Start with an (β(0)=βˆ,α(0)=αˆ,λ(0)=λˆ,μ(0)=μˆ) .

• Step 2:

Set t = 1.

• Step 3:

Generate λ(t) from π1*(λ|α(t1),β(t1),μ(t1),x) .

• Step 4:

Generate μ(t) from π2*(μ|α(t1),β(t1),λ(t),x) .

• Step 5:

Using M-H method, generate α(t) from π3*(α|β,λ,μ,x) with proposal distribution N(α(t−1), σ2).

• Step 6:

Using M-H method, generate β(t) from π4*(β|α,λ,μ,x) with proposal distribution N(β(t−1),σ2).

• Step 7:

Compute α(t), β(t), λ(t) and μ(t).

• Step 8:

Set t = t + 1.

• Step 9:

Repeat Steps 3 − 6 N times.

• Step 10:

Obtain the Bayes MCMC point estimate of ηj where η1 = α, η2 = β, η3 = λ and η4 = μ for j = 1,2,3 and 4 as

E(ηj|data)=1NMk=L+1Nηj(k),
where M is the burn-in period.

• Step 11:

To compute CRIs of ηj, order ηj(M+1),ηj(M+2),,ηj(N) as ηj(1) < ηj(2) < … < ηj(NM). Then the 100(1 − 2γ)% symmetric CRI becomes

(ηj(γ(NL)),ηj((1γ)(NL))).

## 5. Data analysis

In this section, we show a numerical example to check estimation procedures. We generate two samples from the modified weilbull distribution with parameters (α, β, λ, μ) = (10, 0.06, 2, 2) using progressive type-II censoring scheme with R1= (3, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, 3, 0, 1, 5, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 2, 1, 0, 0, 0), R2 = (2, 0, 2, 0, 2, 0, 2, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0, 0, 3, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0), m1 = 20, m2 = 30 and n1 = n2 = 50. The MLEs, bootstrap and bayes point estimates have been calculated for the parameters α, β, λ and μ and listed in Table 1. Also we computed 95% ACI, PBCIs, BTCIs and CRIs for the parameters and listed them in Tables 2 and 3. In MCMC procedure, the chain has been run 12000 and the first 2000 have been canceled as burn-in. Figure 1 shows the PDFs under normal and accelerated conditions.

Parameter ML BP BT MCMC
α 10.6137 10.0452 11.1165 11.0597
β 0.0591 0.0579 0.0602 0.0604
λ 1.9059 1.9693 1.8338 1.8501
μ 2.7211 2.7930 2.2309 2.1600
Table 1.

Point estimates for parameters (α, β, λ, μ) = (10, 0.06, 2, 2).

Method α Length β Length
ACI [−13.125,34.3524] 47.4774 [0.0323,0.0859] 0.0536
BPCI [5.8844,11.8860] 6.0017 [0.0490,0.1009] 0.0519
BTCI [5.6916,14.6896] 8.9980 [0.0351,0.0862] 0.0511
CRI [4.3584,13.0047] 8.6463 [0.0302,0.0774] 0.0472
Table 2.

95% Confidence intervals for parameters α and β.

Method λ Length μ Length
ACI [−8.5964, 11.4082] 20.0047 [1.1039, 4.3383] 3.2345
BPCI [0.1319, 2.7786] 2.6466 [1.4858, 4.4691] 2.9833
BTCI [0.1121, 3.5866] 3.4745 [0.0532, 2.8848] 2.8315
CRI [1.4251, 3.0219] 1.5968 [1.6561, 4.4182] 2.7621
Table 3.

95% Confidence intervals for parameters λ and μ.

## 6. Numerical comparison

In this section, we made a simulation study using MATHEMATICA ver. 8.0 and computed the average point estimates (AVG) and the mean square error (MSE) for the parameters α, β, λ and μ. The procedure was performed 1000 times and the population parameters were (α,β,λ, μ) =(10, 0.06, 2, 2) with sample sizes n1 = n2 = n and m1 = m2 = m and results are shown in Table 4.

AVG=1Mi=1Mξˆk(i),MSE=1Mi=1M(ξˆk(i)ξk)2,
where k = 1,2,3,4 and ξ1 = α, ξ2 = β, ξ3 = λ, ξ4 = μ. In our study, three different censoring schemes (CSs) are considered. Scheme I, where all the units are withdrawn when the first failure occurs. In scheme II, all the units are withdrawn in the middle of the experiment when half of the tested units had been censored. The last one is scheme III, where all the units are withdrawn at the end of the experiment when the last failure occurs. For constant α = 1, the AVG and MSE for the parameters (β,λ,μ) = (0.06,2,2) with sample sizes n2 = 2n1 = 2n are computed and results are shown in Table 5. Also, 95% CIs are calculated and coverage probability is estimated by counting the number of CIs that covered the true values and divide by 1000, while the average credible interval length is calculated for each parameter by summing the lengths of intervals in each iteration and divide by 1000 and results are shown in Table 6. The same procedures are repeated again, but for constant β = 1 and results are shown in Tables 7 and 8.

(n,m) CS MLE MCMC

α β λ μ α β λ μ
(30,15) I 9.261
(0.545)
0.059
(0.000005)
1.953
(0.002)
1.699
(0.09)
8.908
(1.191)
0.058
(0.000005)
2.117
(0.013)
1.846
(0.023)
II 10.149
(0.562)
0.059
(0.0011)
1.644
(0.295)
2.327
(0.513)
8.257
(4.118)
0.059
(0.0097)
2.277
(0.82)
1.988
(0.083)
III 10.396
(0.694)
0.059
(0.008)
1.741
(0.418)
2.483
(0.687)
7.531
(9.942)
0.059
(0.009)
3.14
(2.47)
1.907
(0.126)
(30,25) I 10.269
(0.522)
0.059
(0.006)
1.830
(0.263)
2.215
(0.32)
9.465
(0.962)
0.059
(0.006)
2.237
(0.45)
2.138
(0.213)
II 10.211
(0.636)
0.059
(0.008)
1.682
(0.309)
2.33
(0.413)
9.060
(1.481)
0.058
(0.008)
2.243
(0.466)
2.140
(0.182)
III 10.234
(0.636)
0.059
(0.008)
1.814
(0.234)
2.299
(0.317)
8.697
(2.784)
0.058
(0.008)
2.529
(0.723)
2.021
(0.064)
(50,25) I 10.336
(0.709)
0.059
(0.008)
1.751
(0.321)
2.293
(0.416)
9.356
(1.103)
0.059
(0.008)
2.233
(0.552)
2.153
(0.181)
II 10.144
(0.562)
0.059
(0.001)
1.618
(0.255)
2.272
(0.326)
8.576
(3.156)
0.059
(0.001)
2.201
(0.323)
2.001
(0.093)
III 10.362
(0.704)
0.059
(0.007)
1.791
(0.423)
2.372
(0.552)
9.156
(2.505)
0.058
(0.0076)
2.377
(0.970)
2.143
(0.179)
(50,40) I 10.178
(0.620)
0.058
(0.008)
1.814
(0.342)
2.234
(0.266)
9.723
(1.421)
0.0589
(0.008)
2.036
(0.705)
2.222
(0.235)
II 10.056
(0.426)
0.059
(0.006)
1.877
(0.237)
2.183
(0.145)
9.760
(0.405)
0.05
(0.006)
2.025
(0.265)
2.189
(0.151)
III 10.239
(0.557)
0.059
(0.006)
1.857
(0.207)
2.250
(0.198)
9.882
(0.432)
0.058
(0.006)
2.028
(0.202)
2.237
(0.168)
(100,50) I 10.094
(0.380)
0.059
(0.005)
1.833
(0.243)
2.184
(0.209)
9.773
(0.615)
0.0599
(0.0056)
1.968
(0.263)
2.196
(0.201)
II 10.038
(0.407)
0.059
(0.006)
1.822
(0.187)
2.176
(0.193)
9.841
(0.380)
0.0597
(0.006)
1.913
(0.160)
2.186
(0.195)
III 10.132
(0.412)
0.059
(0.004)
1.817
(0.127)
2.304
(0.267)
9.879
(0.349)
0.059
(0.059)
1.932
(0.097)
2.292
(0.230)
(100,75) I 10.095
(0.430)
0.059
(0.005)
1.860
(0.145)
2.154
(0.098)
10.017
(0.395)
0.059
(0.005)
1.892
(0.135)
2.190
(0.124)
II 10.068
(0.412)
0.059
(0.006)
1.893
(0.158)
2.079
(0.103)
9.855
(0.360)
0.058
(0.006)
1.975
(0.149)
2.066
(0.093)
III 10.081
(0.367)
0.059
(0.005)
1.798
(0.153)
2.138
(0.096)
9.998
(0.344)
0.059
(0.005)
1.828
(0.141)
2.184
(0.120)
Table 4.

AVG and MSE of ML and Bayes estimates for (α, β, λ,μ) = (10,0.06,2,2).

at constant α = 1

(n,m1,m2) CS MLE MCMC

β λ μ β λ μ
(20,10,20) I 0.0595
(0.000039)
2.2412
(0.175)
1.768
(0.1137)
0.0813
(0.000736)
3.0334
(1.496)
1.874
(0.0729)
II 0.0634
(0.000099)
2.398
(0.2586)
1.711
(0.1414)
0.0815
(0.02459)
2.9633
(1.4942)
1.8591
(0.1167)
III 0.0706
(0.00049)
2.3604
(0.2413)
1.6939
(0.1518)
0.2053
(0.12144)
3.5787
(3.2679)
1.7144
(0.1341)
(20,15,30) I 0.0612
(0.000079)
2.3479
(0.212)
1.7185
(0.141)
0.0594
(0.02294)
2.9502
(1.7419)
1.7814
(0.117)
II 0.0639
(0.000096)
2.4036
(0.2523)
1.7455
(0.1202)
0.0662
(0.02091)
2.9805
(1.4225)
1.7973
(0.1003)
III 0.0633
(0.000127)
2.3429
(0.2425)
1.6993
(0.1485)
0.1016
(0.0038)
3.1577
(1.8259)
1.8746
(2.0778)
(40,20,40) I 0.0635
(0.000071)
2.4268
(0.2902)
1.7509
(0.1265)
0.0495
(0.06141)
2.8796
(1.1537)
1.796
(0.1106)
II .0625
(0.000084)
2.3693
(0.2228)
1.718
(0.1288)
0.071
(0.000283)
2.6171
(0.5426)
1.7737
(0.1037)
III 0.07
(0.00027)
2.4429
(0.2714)
1.7695
(0.1078)
0.1848
(0.16457)
3.1837
(1.835)
2.1503
(5.229)
(40,30,60) I 0.0621
(0.000049)
2.3523
(0.2032)
1.7305
(0.1134)
0.0677
(0.000127)
2.6087
(0.4954)
1.7623
(0.0966)
II 0.0631
(0.00052)
2.4219
(0.2576)
1.7492
(0.0887)
0.0689
(0.00015)
2.6488
(0.5372)
1.7817
(0.075)
III 0.0656
(0.000107)
2.4295
(0.26)
1.7411
(0.1005)
0.0805
(0.000823)
2.8295
(0.8777)
1.7528
(0.094)
(60,30,60) I 0.0631
(0.000045)
2.4061
(0.2409)
1.7402
(0.1055)
0.0689
(0.000147)
2.6615
(0.5708)
1.7766
(0.0923)
II 0.061
(0.0000447)
2.2998
(0.1542)
1.7173
(0.1222)
0.061
(0.000117)
2.49
(0.3257)
1.7463
(0.1072)
III 0.0682
(0.000181)
2.4393
(0.2578)
1.7343
(0.1097)
0.0895
(0.01906)
2.9274
(1.091)
1.7261
(0.1126)
(60,50,90) I 0.0627
(0.000037)
2.4049
(0.2314)
1.707
(0.1114)
0.066
(0.000081)
2.5637
(0.4084)
1.7263
(0.1004)
II 0.0628
(0.000031)
2.3958
(0.2098)
1.7377
(0.0942)
0.0662
(0.000069)
2.5464
(0.3607)
1.7538
(0.0875)
III 0.0638
(0.000085)
2.4202
(0.236)
1.6941
(0.1139)
0.0696
(0.00017)
2.6355
(0.4909)
1.7023
(0.1092)
Table 5.

AVG and MSE of ML and Bayes estimates for (β,λ,μ) = (0.06,2,2).

at constant α = 1

(n,m1,m2) CS MLE MCMC

β λ μ β λ μ
(20,10,20) I 0.056
(0.99)
3.0358
(0.99)
4.4518
(0.99)
0.1274
(0.99)
6.0503
(0.99)
3.0825
(0.99)
II 0.0702
(0.99)
4.1129
(0.99)
4.1329
(0.99)
0.1779
(0.97)
5.1185
(0.98)
2.958
(0.99)
III 0.1403
(0.99)
3.9614
(0.99)
4.168
(0.99)
0.7396
(0.87)
5.9014
(0.92)
2.7929
(0.99)
(20,15,30) I 0.0549
(0.97)
3.3785
(0.99)
3.7315
(0.99)
0.1089
(0.96)
4.8809
(0.99)
2.2876
(0.98)
II 0.0579
(0.98)
3.1825
(0.99)
3.4239
(0.99)
0.1203
(0.97)
4.7176
(0.97)
2.2906
(0.99)
III 0.0804
(0.99)
3.5097
(0.99)
3.8747
(0.98)
0.1964
(0.96)
5.3013
(0.99)
3.3675
(0.98)
(40,20,40) I 0.0579
(0.98)
4.2019
(0.99)
3.0721
(0.98)
0.190
(0.99)
4.2443
(0.99)
1.9591
(0.99)
II 0.0469
(0.97)
2.8267
(0.98)
2.6715
(0.99)
0.0699
(0.98)
3.2596
(0.96)
1.907
(0.99)
III 0.1017
(0.99)
3.0864
(0.98)
2.9879
(0.98)
0.4108
(0.93)
4.3802
(0.97)
4.1805
(0.99)
(40,30,60) I 0.0353
(0.95)
2.1364
(0.99)
2.3602
(0.95)
0.0516
(0.98)
3.1893
(0.99)
1.5741
(0.98)
II 0.0382
(0.98)
2.324
(0.99)
2.3374
(0.99)
0.0534
(0.96)
3.0202
(0.97)
1.5772
(0.99)
III 0.0525
(0.99)
2.3581
(0.98)
2.423
(0.98)
0.1017
(0.99)
3.6309
(0.97)
1.5861
(0.99)
(60,30,60) I 0.0384
(0.99)
2.4577
(0.99)
2.3284
(0.99)
0.0521
(0.98)
3.1558
(0.99)
1.5741
(0.99)
II 0.0426
(0.97)
2.3196
(0.99)
2.7185
(0.97)
0.051
(0.99)
2.5739
(0.98)
1.5242
(0.99)
III 0.0788
(0.99)
2.4596
(0.99)
2.4006
(0.98)
0.2046
(0.97)
3.4947
(0.96)
1.5811
(0.99)
(60,50,90) I 0.0301
(0.95)
1.8135
(0.99)
1.972
(0.93)
0.0386
(0.95)
2.4831
(0.99)
1.1937
(0.97)
II 0.0279
(0.99)
1.5825
(0.99)
1.8247
(0.96)
0.0387
(0.99)
2.3351
(0.999)
1.2341
(0.99)
III 0.0328
(0.98)
1.589
(0.96)
1.7172
(0.95)
0.0553
(0.96)
2.7334
(0.98)
1.2375
(0.96)
Table 6.

ACL and CP of 95% CIs for (β,λ,μ) = (0.06,2,2).

at constant β = 1

(n,m1,m2) CS MLE MCMCM

α λ μ α λ μ
(20,10,20) I 10.7008
(1.2898)
2.501
(0.3345)
1.8418
0.0978)
11.0046
(1.8442)
2.5956
(0.4541)
2.0397
(0.1124)
II 10.376
(0.7166)
2.6447
(0.6086)
1.6149
(0.2041)
10.4635
(0.844)
2.7214
(0.7559)
1.7827
(0.1231)
III 10.6219
(0.9651)
3.0596
(1.4262)
1.5332
(0.3006)
10.8375
(1.7516)
3.4989
(3.2126)
1.715
(0.2077)
(20,15,30) I 10.3427
(0.794)
2.2998
(0.1719)
1.8241
(0.0891)
10.5203
(1.0157)
2.3462
(0.2208)
1.9452
(0.0723)
II 10.3454
(0.7494)
2.4789
(0.341)
1.7113
(0.1481)
10.4634
(0.900)
2.5291
(0.424)
1.8254
(0.1079)
III 10.3828
(0.7039)
2.6167
(0.5117)
1.657
(0.1732)
10.5635
(1.0712)
2.745
(0.7482)
1.7776
(0.1213)
(40,20,40) I 10.3307
(0.6479)
2.3218
(0.1802)
1.8209
(0.0822)
10.4596
(0.7872)
2.3476
(0.2073)
1.9183
(0.0674)
II 10.387
(0.6155)
2.5788
(0.4786)
1.6489
(0.1862)
10.4492
(0.6802)
2.6152
(0.5303)
1.7334
(0.1460)
III 10.4848
(0.9172)
2.8496
(0.9353)
1.5301
(0.2759)
10.6181
(1.192)
3.033
(1.3709)
1.6122
(0.2161)
(40,30,60) I 10.2877
(0.6171)
2.2525
(0.1206)
1.8005
(0.0765)
10.3642
(0.7097)
2.2696
(0.1349)
1.8594
(0.0621)
II 10.4576
(0.8037)
2.445
(0.2925)
1.7121
(0.1167)
10.5141
(0.8842)
2.4645
(0.3259)
1.771
(0.0906)
III 10.3383
(0.5735)
2.3375
(0.1707)
1.7607
(0.0881)
10.436
(0.6961)
2.3857
(0.223)
1.8082
(0.0706)
(60,30,60) I 10.1902
(0.5777)
2.2849
(0.1403)
1.8004
(0.0811)
10.2894
(0.6584)
2.3057
(0.1588)
1.8637
(0.0662)
II 10.2647
(0.4723)
2.5227
(0.3675)
1.6399
(0.1619)
10.3048
(0.4974)
2.5475
(0.405)
1.6921
(0.1292)
III 10.2817
(0.6363)
2.3968
(0.2158)
1.746
(0.1016)
10.3032
(0.6973)
2.4313
(0.2794)
1.8091
(0.0766)
(60,50,90) I 10.1694
(0.5023)
2024
(0.0986)
1.8155
(0.0697)
10.2176
(0.5666)
2.2495
(0.1082)
1.853
(0.0609)
II 10.1431
(0.4156)
2.2866
(0.1393)
1.7472
(0.0873)
10.1724
(0.4323)
2.2966
(0.1486)
1.7797
(0.0734)
III 10.4057
(0.7198)
2.3178
(0.152)
1.7909
(0.0785)
10.4669
(0.7897)
2.3402
(0.1711)
1.8256
(0.0694)
Table 7.

AVG and MSE of ML and Bayes estimates for (α,λ, μ) =(10,2,2).

at constant β = 1

(n,m1,m2) CS MLE MCMC

α λ μ α λ μ
(20,10,20) I 11.1008
(0.99)
5.3223
(0.99)
3.9355
(0.99)
9.0397
(0.99)
3.7072
(0.99)
3.2527
(0.99)
II 6.7916
(0.99)
4.2454
(0.99)
3.6891
(0.98)
7.6956
(0.97)
4.183
(0.99)
2.8243
(0.99)
III 6.0575
(0.99)
5.1354
(0.98)
3.7134
(0.98)
9.7149
(0.99)
7.8724
(0.995)
2.7028
(0.993)
(20,15,30) I 9.9457
(0.992)
3.3441
(0.994)
3.6462
(0.995)
7.1839
(0.991)
2.555
(0.998)
2.4516
(0.996)
II 7.5563
(0.998)
3.6064
(0.99)
3.1659
(0.997)
6.9438
(0.999)
2.9543
(0.995)
2.2971
(0.991)
III 6.9475
(0.999)
3.5343
(0.996)
3.1699
(0.993)
7.9778
(0.995)
3.774
(0.994)
2.2567
(0.999)
(40,20,40) I 6.8394
(0.99)
2.559
(0.99)
2.7329
(0.99)
5.7899
(0.99)
2.2057
(0.99)
2.0694
(0.99)
II 4.9991
(0.98)
2.9631
(0.99)
2.9531
(0.96)
5.4599
(0.98)
2.7755
(0.99)
1.8767
(0.98)
III 4.922
(0.92)
3.436
(0.99)
3.0587
(0.89)
6.8644
(0.99)
4.4326
(0.98)
1.7545
(0.94)
(40,30,60) I 6.8264
(0.99)
2.2883
(0.98)
2.4979
(0.97)
4.989
(0.99)
1.7294
(0.99)
1.6202
(0.99)
II 5.1768
(0.98)
2.345
(0.99)
2.2533
(0.99)
4.8322
(0.98)
2.0064
(0.99)
1.5289
(0.99)
III 7.6706
(0.99)
2.6993
(0.99)
2.4883
(0.99)
5.3526
(0.98)
2.1018
(0.99)
1.5218
(0.98)
(60,30,60) I 6.5778
(0.99)
2.4444
(0.99)
2.5063
(0.98)
4.7873
(0.97)
1.7859
(0.99)
1.6208
(0.99)
II 3.8321
(0.98)
2.2191
(0.99)
2.2521
(0.98)
4.3144
(0.99)
2.1903
(0.97)
1.4579
(0.98)
III 6.472
(0.99)
2.4208
(0.99)
2.8273
(0.99)
5.0385
(0.98)
2.5281
(0.97)
1.5586
(0.99)
(60,50,90) I 5.7573
(0.99)
1.6062
(0.99)
2.3605
(0.98)
3.9548
(0.99)
1.3452
(0.98)
1.2847
(0.99)
II 4.6031
(0.99)
1.5695
(0.97)
2.2536
(0.98)
3.7996
(0.99)
1.4078
(0.95)
1.228
(0.98)
III 5.6451
(0.99)
1.644
(0.99)
2.0888
(0.98)
4.2791
(0.99)
1.550
(0.98)
1.2402
(0.97)
Table 8.

ACL and CP of 95% CIs for the parameters (α,λ, μ) =(10,2,2)

## 7. Concluding remarks

In this paper, we considered the maximun likelihood, bootstrap and Bayes estimats for the parameters of the MWD. This paper also studied the construction of confidence intervals for the parameters. We use MCMC method because we donot get explicit form for the Bayes estimate. A numerical example using simulated data is presented to show how the MCMC and parametric bootstrap methods work based on PRO-II-C. Finally, a simulation study was performed to compare the performance of MLE and Bayes estimates for different sample sizes. The following conclusions can be drawn from Tables 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8:

1. (i)

From Table 4, we notice that Scheme I is the best in the sense of having smaller MSEs for fixed values of n,m1,m2.

2. (ii)

From Table 5, we observe that at constant α, MLEs have smaller MSE than Bayes estimates.

3. (iii)

It is observed from Table 7 that when the sample size increases, the MSEs decreases.

4. (iv)

From Table 7, it can be seen that for parameters α and λ, MLEs gives more accurate results then Bayes estimates in the sense of having smaller MSEs, but for the parameter μ, Bayes estimates are better in MSEs than MLEs.

5. (v)

From Table 8, it can be seen that CRIs show more accurate results than the ACIs because the lengths of CRIs are less than the lengths of ACIs.

## Acknowledgement

The authors are grateful to the anonymous referee for a careful checking of the details and for helpful comments that improved this paper.

Journal
Journal of Statistical Theory and Applications
Volume-Issue
17 - 2
Pages
242 - 260
Publication Date
2018/06/30
ISSN (Online)
2214-1766
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1538-7887
DOI
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AU  - Rashad M. EL-Sagheer
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