An alternating geometric process can be used to model the operational and repair times of an ageing system. In applications such as warranty cost analysis, the mean of an alternating geometric process (i.e. the expected number of events by a given time) and the variance are of interest. In this paper, two new approaches are proposed for computing the mean and variance functions of two counting processes related to the alternating geometric process, namely the number of cycles up to time (Formula presented.) and the number of failures up to time (Formula presented.). In warranty cost analysis, these approaches can be used to compute the expected number of claims and the expected cost over the warranty period. The usefulness of the proposed approaches in warranty cost analysis is demonstrated for a non-renewing free-repair warranty policy. The new approaches offer benefits over simulation in terms of computational time and accuracy.
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- 経営科学およびオペレーションズ リサーチ