Family of lifetime distributions with decreasing failure rate
Exponential-Logarithmic distribution (EL)
Probability density function
In probability theory and statistics, the Exponential-Logarithmic (EL) distribution is a family of lifetime distributions with
decreasing failure rate, defined on the interval [0, ∞). This distribution is parameterized by two parameters and .
The study of lengths of the lives of organisms, devices, materials, etc., is of major importance in the biological and engineering sciences. In general, the lifetime of a device is expected to exhibit decreasing failure rate (DFR) when its behavior over time is characterized by 'work-hardening' (in engineering terms) or 'immunity' (in biological terms).
The exponential-logarithmic model, together with its various properties, are studied by Tahmasbi and Rezaei (2008).
This model is obtained under the concept of population heterogeneity (through the process of
Properties of the distribution
The probability density function (pdf) of the EL distribution is given by Tahmasbi and Rezaei (2008)
where and . This function is strictly decreasing in and tends to zero as . The EL distribution has its modal value of the density at x=0, given by
The EL reduces to the exponential distribution with rate parameter , as .
The cumulative distribution function is given by
and hence, the median is given by
The moment generating function of can be determined from the pdf by direct integration and is given by
where is a hypergeometric function. This function is also known as Barnes's extended hypergeometric function. The definition of is
where and .
The moments of can be derived from . For
, the raw moments are given by
where is the polylogarithm function which is defined as
Hence the mean and variance of the EL distribution
are given, respectively, by
The survival, hazard and mean residual life functions
The survival function (also known as the reliability
function) and hazard function (also known as the failure rate
function) of the EL distribution are given, respectively, by
The mean residual lifetime of the EL distribution is given by
where is the dilogarithm function
Random number generation
Let U be a random variate from the standard uniform distribution.
Then the following transformation of U has the EL distribution with
parameters p and β:
Estimation of the parameters
To estimate the parameters, the EM algorithm is used. This method is discussed by Tahmasbi and Rezaei (2008). The EM iteration is given by