Publication date: 04/12/2021

Example of Survival Analysis

The failure of diesel generator fans was studied by Nelson (1982, p. 133) and Meeker and Escobar (1998, app. C1).

1. Select Help > Sample Data Library and open Reliability/

2. Select Analyze > Reliability and Survival > Survival.

3. Select Time and click Y, Time to Event.

4. Select Censor and click Censor.

5. Select the check box for Plot Failure instead of Survival.

6. Click OK.

Figure 13.8 Fan Initial Output 

Fan Initial Output

Notice that the probability of failure increases over time. Often the next step is to explore distributional fits, such as a Weibull model. Click the red triangle next to Product-Limit Survival Fit and select Weibull Plot and Weibull Fit.

Figure 13.9 Weibull Output for Fan Data 

Weibull Output for Fan Data

Because the fit is reasonable and the Beta estimate is near 1, you can conclude that this looks like an exponential distribution, which has a constant hazard rate. Click the Weibull Plot red triangle and select Fitted Distribution Plots. Three views of the Weibull fit appear.

Figure 13.10 Fitted Distribution Plots 

Fitted Distribution Plots

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