**CHAPTER 6** Statistical Analysisof Experimental Data • Table 6.1 shows the results of a set of 60 measurements of airtemperature in the duct. • These temperature data are observed values of a random variable. • A typical problem associated with data such as these would be to determinewhether it is likely that the temperature might exceed certain limits.

**A typical problem associated with data such as these would** be to determinewhether it is likely that the temperature might exceed certain limits. • Although these data • show no temperatures less than 1089C or greater than 1115C, we might, for example,ask if there is a significant chance that the temperature will ever exceed 1117 C or be lessthan 1085C (either of which might affect themanufacturing process in some applications).

**This example illustrates a random variable thatcan vary** continuously and can take any real value in a certain domain. Such a variableis called a continuous random variable. • Some experiments produce discrete (noncontinuous)results, which are considered to be values of a discrete random variable. • Examplesof discrete random variables are the outcome of tossing a die (which has the only • possible values of 1.,2,3,4,5,or 6) and fail/no-fail products in a quality control process.

**To apply statistical analysis to experimental data, the data** are usually characterized bydetermining parameters that specify the central tendency and the dispersion ofthe data. • The next step is to select a theoretical distribution function that is most suitablefor explaining the behavior of the data. The theoretical function can then be usedto make predictions about various properties of the data. GENERAL CONCEPTS AND DEFINITIONS Population. The population comprises the entire collection of objects, measurements,observations, and so on whose properties are under consideration andabout which some generalizations are to be made. Examples of population are the entireset of 60-W electric bulbs that have been produced in a production batch and valuesof wind speed at a certain point over a defined period of time.

**The mode is the value of thevariable that corresponds to the** peak value of the probability of occurrence of theevent. The Median is a value or quantity lying at the midpoint of a frequency distribution of observed values or quantities, such that there is an equal probability of falling above or below it

**PROBABILITY** Probability is a numerical value expressing the likelihood of occurrence of an eventrelative to all possibilities in a sample space. The probability of occurrence of an event Ais defined as the number of successful occurrences (m) divided by the total number ofpossible outcomes (n) in a sample space, evaluated for n>>1

**For particular situations, experience has shown that the** distribution of the random variable follows certain mathematical functions. Sample data are used to compute parameters in these mathematical functions, and then we use the mathematical functions to predict properties of the parent population. For discrete random variables, these functions are called probability mass functions. For continuous random variables, the functions are called probability density functions.

**(a) ** (a) Calculate the expected life of the bearings. (b) If we pick a bearing at random from this batch, what is the probability that its life (x) will be less that 20 h, greater than 20 h, and finally, exactly 20 h? (a)

**The Cumulative distribution function** Also, we find that the probability that the life time is less than 15 h is 0.55.

**6.3.2 Some Probability Distribution Functions with** Engineering Applications Binomial Distribution The binomial distribution is a distribution which describes discrete random variables that can have only two possible outcomes: "success" and "failure." This distribution has application in production quality control, when the quality of a product is either acceptable or unacceptable. The following conditions need to be satisfied for the binomial distribution to be applicable to a certain experiment: 1. Each trial in the experiment can have only the two possible outcomes of success or failure. 2. The probability of success remains constant throughout the experiment. This probability is denoted by pand is usually known or estimated for a given population. 3. The experiment consists of n independent trials. The expected number of successes in n trials for binomial distribution is The standard deviation of the binomial distribution is

**Example 6.5** For the data of Example 6.4, calculate the probability of finding up to and including two defective light bulbs in the sample of four. Solution: We use E,q. (6.21) for this purpose:

**Poisson Distribution ** The Poisson distribution is used to estimate the number of random occurrences of an event in a specified interval of time or space if the average number of occurrences is already known. The following two assumptions underline the Poisson distribution: 1. The probability of occurrence of an event is the same for any two intervals of the same length. 2. The probability of occurrence of an event is independent of the occurrence of other events. The probability of occurrence of x events is given by Where is the expected or mean number of occurrences during the interval of interest. The expected value of x for the Poisson distribution, the same as the mean, is given by

**Example 6.8** It has been found in welds joining pipes that there is an average of five defects per 10 linear meters of weld (0.5 defects per meter). What is the probability that there will be (a) a single defect in a weld that is 0.5 m long or (b) more than one defect in a weld that is 0.5 m long.

**Normal Distribution** A normal distribution is a very important statistical data distribution pattern occurring in many natural phenomena, such as height, blood pressure, lengths of objects produced by machines, etc. Certain data, when graphed as a histogram (data on the horizontal axis, amount of data on the vertical axis), creates a bell-shaped curve known as a normal curve, or normal distribution. Normal distributions are symmetrical with a single central peak at the mean (average) of the data. The shape of the curve is described as bell-shaped with the graph falling off evenly on either side of the mean. Fifty percent of the distribution lies to the left of the mean and fifty percent lies to the right of the mean. The spread of a normal distribution is controlled by the standard deviation, . The smaller the standard deviation the more concentrated the data. The mean and the median are the same in a normal distribution.

**Example:** The lifetime of a battery is normally distributed with a mean life of 40 hours and a standard deviation of 1.2 hours. Find the probability that a randomly selected battery lasts longer than 42 hours. Answer: 4.779%

**Example 6.9** The results of a test that follows a normal distribution have a mean value of 10.0 and a standard deviation of 1. Find the probability that a single reading is (a) between 9 and 12. (b) between 8 and 9.55.

** known as the Gaussian function or bell curve:[nb 1]**

**Reading from the chart, we see that approximately 19.1% of** normally distributed data is located between the mean (the peak) and 0.5 standard deviations to the right (or left) of the mean. (The percentages are represented by the area under the curve.)

**• 50% of the distribution lies within 0.67448 standard** deviations of the mean.