Monitoring processes with data censored owing to competing risks by using exponentially weighted moving average control charts

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In industry, process monitoring is widely employed to detect process changes rapidly. However, in some industrial applications observations are censored. For example, when testing breaking strengths and failure times often a limited stress test is performed. With censored observations, a direct application of traditional monitoring procedures is not appropriate. When the censoring occurs due to competing risks, we propose a control chart based on conditional expected values to detect changes in the mean strength. To protect against possible confounding caused by changes in the mean of the censoring mechanism we also suggest a similar chart to detect changes in the mean censoring level. We provide an example of monitoring bond strength to illustrate the application of this methodology.

Keywords: Competing risks; Process control; Scores; Type I censoring

Document Type: Original Article


Affiliations: University of Waterloo, Canada

Publication date: January 1, 2001

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