Parametric simultaneous confidence bands for cumulative distributions from censored data

Shuen Lin Jeng, William Q. Meeker

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This article describes existing methods and develops new methods for constructing simultaneous confidence bands for a cumulative distribution function. Our results are built on extensions of previous work by Cheng and Iles for two-sided and one-sided bands, respectively. Cheng and Iles used Wald statistics with (expected) Fisher information. We consider three alternatives-Wald statistics with observed Fisher information, Wald statistics with local information, and likelihood ratio statistics. We compare standard large-sample approximate methods with simulation or bootstrap-calibrated versions of the same methods. For (log-) location-scale distributions with complete or failure (Type II) censoring, the bootstrap methods have the correct coverage probability. A simulation for the Weibull distribution and time-censored (Type I) data shows that bootstrap methods provide coverage probabilities that are closer to nominal than those based on the usual large-sample approximations. We illustrate the methods with examples from product-life analysis and nondestructive evaluation probability of detection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)450-461
Number of pages12
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Nov

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Applied Mathematics


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