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A sector of the century has elapsed in view that I gave my first path in structural reliability to graduate scholars on the college of Waterloo in Canada. in view that that point on i've got given many classes and seminars to scholars, researchers, designers, and location engineers drawn to reliability. I additionally participated in and was once liable for various initiatives the place reliability options have been required. in the course of that interval, the scope of structural reliability steadily enlarged to turn into a considerable a part of the final reliability conception. First, it truly is obvious that bearing buildings shouldn't be remoted targets of curiosity, and, as a result, that constntCted amenities can be studied. moment, a brand new engineering department has emerged -reliability engineering. those evidence have highlighted new points and requested for brand new ways to the speculation and functions. I constantly kingdom in my lectures that the reliability concept is not anything greater than mathematized engineering judgment. in truth, thank you often to likelihood and facts, and in addition to pcs, the empirical wisdom received by means of Humankind's building adventure might have been transposed right into a trend of common sense pondering, capable of produce conclusions and to forecast the habit of engineering entities. this way of considering has constructed into an difficult community associated by means of convinced ideas, which, in a fashion, may be thought of a kind of reliability grammar. we will be able to determine many grammatical ideas within the common constitution of the reliability theory.

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1. 7). , a sample must be sufficiently large. The higher the order of the respective characteristic, the greater should be the sample size. According to experience, we need for • mean: n > 10; • standard deviation: n > 20; • coefficient of skewness: n > 100. To illustrate the problem, consider the normal distribution (that is, a = 0). l a = 0 and oa = 6(n - 2) (n + l)(n + 3) with n = sample size. 47 in 95 percent of cases! the information on the coefficient of skewness is very poor. In that case it is better, when the phenomenon is for some reason considered "skew," to assess the skewness by speculation.

9 to 1 very strong Similarly as with the coefficient of variation, the reader must be warned on misinterpretations of the correlation coefficient that are often encountered in practice: (1) We must keep in mind that the correlation coefficient describes only the degree of linear dependence between two variables. When the dependence is non-linear, the picture provided by the correlation coefficient can be confusing. For example, a perfect circular dependence gives {! = O. Thus, a value of r ". 0 conveys that there is some dependence, nothing more.

The reader is referred to Wen 1990 where several typical random functions (random processes) are presented. When conclusions and decisions based on a continuous or densely discrete record of observations are to be made, it is necessary to derive some parameters describing the phenomenon. This is usually performed by a suitable discretization of records. In this way random sequences are obtained, the statistical treatment of which is, as a rule, reasonably simple. 4. General information on random functions can be obtained from, for example, Hines and Montgomery 1990.

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