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Section: New Results


Participants : Gilles Celeux, Florence Ducros, Patrick Pamphile.

Since June 2015, in the framework of a CIFRE convention with Nexter, Florence Ducros has begun a thesis on the modeling of aging of vehicles, supervised by Gilles Celeux and Patrick Pamphile. This thesis should lead to designing an efficient maintenance strategy according to vehicle use profiles. Moreover, warranty cost calculations are made in the context of heterogeneous usages. This required estimations of mixtures and competing risk models in a highly-censored setting.

This year, Patrick Pamphile and Florence Ducros have published an article which proposes a two-component Weibull mixture model for modelling unobserved heterogeneity in heavily censored lifetime data collection. Performance of classical estimation methods (maximum of likelihood, EM, full Bayes and MCMC) are poor due to the high number of parameters and the heavy censoring. Thus, a Bayesian bootstrap method called Bayesian Restoration Maximization, was used. Sampling from the posterior distribution was obtained thanks to an importance sampling technique. Simulation results showed that, even with heavy censoring, BRM is effective both in term of estimate's precision and computation times.