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See detailJoint signature of two or more systems with applications to multistate systems made up of two-state components
Marichal, Jean-Luc UL; Mathonet, Pierre; Navarro, Jorge et al

in European Journal of Operational Research (2017), 263(2), 559-570

The structure signature of a system made up of n components having continuous and i.i.d. lifetimes was defined in the eighties by Samaniego as the n-tuple whose k-th coordinate is the probability that the ... [more ▼]

The structure signature of a system made up of n components having continuous and i.i.d. lifetimes was defined in the eighties by Samaniego as the n-tuple whose k-th coordinate is the probability that the k-th component failure causes the system to fail. More recently, a bivariate version of this concept was considered as follows. The joint structure signature of a pair of systems built on a common set of components having continuous and i.i.d. lifetimes is a square matrix of order n whose (k,l)-entry is the probability that the k-th failure causes the first system to fail and the l-th failure causes the second system to fail. This concept was successfully used to derive a signature-based decomposition of the joint reliability of the two systems. In the first part of this paper we provide an explicit formula to compute the joint structure signature of two or more systems and extend this formula to the general non-i.i.d. case, assuming only that the distribution of the component lifetimes has no ties. We also provide and discuss a necessary and sufficient condition on this distribution for the joint reliability of the systems to have a signature-based decomposition. In the second part of this paper we show how our results can be efficiently applied to the investigation of the reliability and signature of multistate systems made up of two-state components. The key observation is that the structure function of such a multistate system can always be additively decomposed into a sum of classical structure functions. Considering a multistate system then reduces to considering simultaneously several two-state systems. [less ▲]

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See detailA classification of polynomial functions satisfying the Jacobi identity over integral domains
Marichal, Jean-Luc UL; Mathonet, Pierre

in Aequationes Mathematicae (2017), 91(4), 601-618

The Jacobi identity is one of the properties that are used to define the concept of Lie algebra and in this context is closely related to associativity. In this paper we provide a complete description of ... [more ▼]

The Jacobi identity is one of the properties that are used to define the concept of Lie algebra and in this context is closely related to associativity. In this paper we provide a complete description of all bivariate polynomials that satisfy the Jacobi identity over infinite integral domains. Although this description depends on the characteristic of the domain, it turns out that all these polynomials are of degree at most one in each indeterminate. [less ▲]

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See detailProbability signatures of multistate systems made up of two-state components
Marichal, Jean-Luc UL; Mathonet, Pierre; Jorge, Navarro et al

Scientific Conference (2017, July)

The structure signature of a system made up of $n$ components having continuous and i.i.d. lifetimes was defined in the eighties by Samaniego as the $n$-tuple whose $k$-th coordinate is the probability ... [more ▼]

The structure signature of a system made up of $n$ components having continuous and i.i.d. lifetimes was defined in the eighties by Samaniego as the $n$-tuple whose $k$-th coordinate is the probability that the $k$-th component failure causes the system to fail. More recently, a bivariate version of this concept was considered as follows. The joint structure signature of a pair of systems built on a common set of components having continuous and i.i.d. lifetimes is a square matrix of order $n$ whose $(k,l)$-entry is the probability that the $k$-th failure causes the first system to fail and the $l$-th failure causes the second system to fail. This concept was successfully used to derive a signature-based decomposition of the joint reliability of the two systems. In this talk we will show an explicit formula to compute the joint structure signature of two or more systems and extend this formula to the general non-i.i.d. case, assuming only that the distribution of the component lifetimes has no ties. Then we will discuss a condition on this distribution for the joint reliability of the systems to have a signature-based decomposition. Finally we will show how these results can be applied to the investigation of the reliability and signature of multistate systems made up of two-state components. [less ▲]

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See detailA classification of barycentrically associative polynomial functions
Marichal, Jean-Luc UL; Mathonet, Pierre; Tomaschek, Jörg

in Aequationes Mathematicae (2015), 89(5), 1281-1291

We describe the class of polynomial functions which are barycentrically associative over an infinite commutative integral domain.

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See detailOn modular decompositions of system signatures
Marichal, Jean-Luc UL; Mathonet, Pierre; Spizzichino, Fabio

in Journal of Multivariate Analysis (2015), 134

Considering a semicoherent system made up of $n$ components having i.i.d. continuous lifetimes, Samaniego defined its structural signature as the $n$-tuple whose $k$-th coordinate is the probability that ... [more ▼]

Considering a semicoherent system made up of $n$ components having i.i.d. continuous lifetimes, Samaniego defined its structural signature as the $n$-tuple whose $k$-th coordinate is the probability that the $k$-th component failure causes the system to fail. This $n$-tuple, which depends only on the structure of the system and not on the distribution of the component lifetimes, is a very useful tool in the theoretical analysis of coherent systems. It was shown in two independent recent papers how the structural signature of a system partitioned into two disjoint modules can be computed from the signatures of these modules. In this work we consider the general case of a system partitioned into an arbitrary number of disjoint modules organized in an arbitrary way and we provide a general formula for the signature of the system in terms of the signatures of the modules. The concept of signature was recently extended to the general case of semicoherent systems whose components may have dependent lifetimes. The same definition for the $n$-tuple gives rise to the probability signature, which may depend on both the structure of the system and the probability distribution of the component lifetimes. In this general setting, we show how under a natural condition on the distribution of the lifetimes, the probability signature of the system can be expressed in terms of the probability signatures of the modules. We finally discuss a few situations where this condition holds in the non-i.i.d. and nonexchangeable cases and provide some applications of the main results. [less ▲]

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