Duchesne, Thierry; Rosenthal, Jeffrey S.
September 2003
Advances in Applied Probability;Sep2003, Vol. 35 Issue 3, p755
Academic Journal
In this paper we derive conditions on the internal wear process under which the resulting time to failure model will be of the simple collapsible form when the usage accumulation history is available. We suppose that failure occurs when internal wear crosses a certain threshold or a traumatic event causes the item to fail. We model the infinitesimal increment in internal wear as a function of time, accumulated internal wear, and usage history, and we derive conditions on this function to get a collapsible model for the distribution of time to failure given the usage history. We reach the conclusion that collapsible models form the subset of accelerated failure time models with time-varying covariates for which the time transformation function satisfies certain simple properties.


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