Quality Control and Reliability

Edited by

  • P.R. Krishnaiah
  • C.R. Rao

This volume covers an area of statistics dealing with complex problems in the production of goods and services, maintenance and repair, and management and operations. The opening chapter is by W. Edwards Deming, pioneer in statistical quality control, who was involved in the quality control movement in Japan and helped the country in its rapid industrial development. He gives a program to keep a country in an ascending path of industrial development.

Areas covered in the further 23 chapters of the work include:

• reliability of hardware and process control software;

• the concepts and theory of reliability and the statistical inference problems arising therein;

• the aspects of Quality Control of manufactured goods.

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Book information

  • Published: July 1988
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-70290-6


All the chapters are written by scholars still active in their fields of expertise. The list of references in each chapter is comprehensive...That makes the book useful for "field workers" and a must for "research workers".
Mathematical Reviews

Overall, the book contains a wealth of reference material on the statistical theory of reliability.
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society
... an unusual and useful collection of articles .. Written by outstanding scholars in their fields of expertise...
Journal of Quality Technology

Table of Contents

Transformation of Western Style of Management (W. Edwards Deming). Software Reliability (F.B. Bastani, C.V. Ramamoorthy). Stress-Strength Models for Reliability (R.A. Johnson). Approximate Computation of Power Generating System Reliability Indexes (M. Mazumdar). Software Reliability Models (T.A. Mazzuchi, N.D. Singpurwalla). Dependence Notions in Reliability Theory (N.R. Chaganty, K. Joag-Dev). Application of Goodness-of-Fit Tests in Reliability (B. Woodruff, A.H. Moore). Multivariate Nonparametric Classes in Reliability (H.W. Block, T.H. Savits). Selection and Ranking Procedures in Reliability Models (S.S. Gupta, S. Panchapakesan). The Impact of Reliability Theory on Some Branches of Mathematics and Statistics (P.J. Boland, F. Proschan). Reliability Ideas and Applications in Economics and Social Sciences (M.C. Bhattacharjee). Mean Residual Life: Theory and Applications (F. Guess, F. Proschan). Life Distribution Models and Incomplete Data (R.E. Barlow, F. Proschan). Piecewise Geometric Estimation of a Survival Function (G.M. Mimmack, F. Proschan). Applications of Pattern Recognition in Failure Diagnosis and Quality Control (L.F. Pau). Nonparametric Estimation of Density and Hazard Rate Functions when Samples are Censored (W.J. Padgett). Multivariate Process Control (F.B. Alt, N.D. Smith). QMP/USP - A Modern Approach to Statistical Quality Auditing (B. Hoadley). Review about Estimation of Change Points (P.R. Krishnaiah, B.Q. Miao). Nonparametric Methods for Changepoint Problems (M. Csörgö, L. Horváth). Optimal Allocation of Multistate Components (E. El-Neweihi, F. Proschan, J. Sethuraman). Weibull, Log-Weibull and Gamma Order Statistics (H.L. Harter). Multivariate Exponential Distributions and their Applications in Reliability (A.P. Basu). Recent Developments in the Inverse Gaussian Distribution (S. Iyengar, G. Patwardhan).