This set of Probability and Statistics Multiple Choice Questions & Answers (MCQs) focuses on “Weibull Distribution”.

1. How many parameters are there in Weibull distribution?

a) 1

b) 2

c) 3

d) 4

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Explanation: There are 3 parameters in Weibull distribution β is the shape parameter also known as the Weibull slope, η is the scale parameter, γ is the location parameter.

2. Weibull distribution gives the failure rate proportional to the power of time.

a) True

b) False

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Explanation: The Weibull distribution function is used to get the failure rate of device proportional to the power of time. We can predict the failure of a device using Weibull distribution.

3. In Weibull distribution, if the value of β equal us equal to one that indicates the failure rate is constant over time.

a) True

b) False

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Explanation: In Weibull distribution for β < 1 failure rate that decreases with time. β = 1 have a constant failure rate. β > 1 have a failure rate that increases with time.

4. For β greater than 1 there is an inflection point for Weibull function at ___________

a) (e^{1/β}-1)/e^{1/β-1}

b) (e^{1/β}-1)/e^{1/β}

c) (e^{1/β}-1)/e^{1/β-2}

d) (e^{1/β}-1)/e^{1/β-5}

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Explanation: There is an inflection point for Weibull function at (e

^{1/β}-1)/e

^{1/β}. The function is first convex, then concave after the inflection point.

5. How can we increase the height of the graph of Weibull distribution?

a) if η is decreased while β and γ are constant

b) if η is increased while β and γ are constant

c) if η is constant while β and γ are increased

d) if η is constant while β and γ are decreased

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Explanation: If η is decreased while β and γ are kept constant, the distribution is pushed to its left and thus its height increases.

6. What is the effect of the threshold parameter γ on the graph of Weibull distribution?

a) graph shift to left or right

b) graph shifts up or down

c) height of the graph decreases

d) height of the graph increases

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Explanation: γ is called a location parameter. The value of γ decides the least time of failure of the device. More the γ more is the graph shifted towards right.

7. What is the mean time to failure if time to failure of a gadget follows Weibull distribution with scale = 1000 hours and shape = 0.5?

a) 2500 hours

b) 1500 hours

c) 3000 hours

d) 2000 hours

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Explanation: The failure of the electric bulb follows a Weibull Distribution,

Mean time to failure is given by

1000 × Γ (1+1/0.5)

1000 × 2 = 2000 hours.

8. The mean time of failure is given by the equation __________

a) E(X) = Γ(1/ 2β + 1)

b) E(X) = Γ(1/ β + 1)

c) E(X) = Γ(1/ β + 2)

d) E(X) = Γ(2/ β + 1)

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Explanation: The mean time of failure is given by the equation E(X) = Γ(1/ β + 1). This represents the time expected for a device to fail.

9. The time to failure of an electric bulb follows a Weibull distribution with scale = 2000 hours and shape = 0.5. What is the probability that the electric bulb will last more than 4000 hours? What is the mean time to failure?

a) 25.3%

b) 24.3%

c) 26.3%

d) 27.3%

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Explanation: The failure of the electric bulb follows a Weibull Distribution

The probability that the bulb will last no more than 3000 hours = WEIBULL (3000, 0.75, 1000, True) = 0.757

Probability that the bulb will last more than 4000 hours = 1 – 0.757 = 24.3%.

10. γ in Weibull distribution graph indicates _________

a) earliest time of failure

b) maximum time of failure

c) shape of the graph

d) scale of the graph

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Explanation: γ in Weibull distribution graph indicates the location for the graph of a density function. The starting point gives the least time of a device to fail.

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