Table of mean cumulative difference function for Nonparametric Growth Curve

Minitab displays nonparametric growth information in a table that includes the following:
  • Time: The successive failure (or repair) times.
  • Mean cumulative difference function: The difference between groups in the number of failures (or repairs) averaged over systems. If you enter a cost column, then Minitab calculates the difference between groups in the cumulative repair costs averaged over systems.
  • Standard error: The standard error of the mean cumulative difference function.
  • 95% Normal CI: The lower and upper limits of the 95% confidence interval for the mean cumulative difference function.

With a nonparametric estimation procedure, the value of the mean cumulative difference function changes only when a failure occurs.

Example output

Comparison: (Type = 1) - (Type = 2)

Table of Mean Cumulative Difference Function Mean Cumulative Difference Standard 95% Normal CI Time Function Error Lower Upper 19 -0.06667 0.064406 -0.19290 0.05957 22 -0.13333 0.087771 -0.30536 0.03869 33 -0.06190 0.111541 -0.28052 0.15671 39 -0.12857 0.124114 -0.37183 0.11469 54 -0.19524 0.133322 -0.45654 0.06607 61 -0.26190 0.139830 -0.53597 0.01216 88 -0.19048 0.153496 -0.49132 0.11037 91 -0.25714 0.183399 -0.61660 0.10231 93 -0.32381 0.185008 -0.68642 0.03880 119 -0.39048 0.228047 -0.83744 0.05649 148 -0.45714 0.279427 -1.00481 0.09052 173 -0.52381 0.277299 -1.06730 0.01969 185 -0.59048 0.289837 -1.15855 -0.02241 187 -0.65714 0.285719 -1.21714 -0.09714 192 -0.72381 0.280486 -1.27355 -0.17407 194 -0.79048 0.274074 -1.32765 -0.25330 203 -0.85714 0.266399 -1.37928 -0.33501 205 -0.92381 0.274074 -1.46099 -0.38663 211 -0.99048 0.280486 -1.54022 -0.44073 242 -1.05714 0.285719 -1.61714 -0.49714 250 -1.05238 0.279994 -1.60116 -0.50360 264 -1.11905 0.298435 -1.70397 -0.53413 272 -1.04762 0.302679 -1.64086 -0.45438 277 -1.11429 0.318886 -1.73929 -0.48928 287 -1.04286 0.321731 -1.67344 -0.41228 293 -1.10952 0.308568 -1.71431 -0.50474 302 -1.03810 0.310335 -1.64634 -0.42985 306 -1.10476 0.350677 -1.79208 -0.41745 317 -1.03333 0.351196 -1.72166 -0.34500 364 -0.96190 0.350677 -1.64922 -0.27459 367 -0.89048 0.349114 -1.57473 -0.20622 369 -0.95714 0.335260 -1.61424 -0.30004 373 -1.02381 0.359155 -1.72774 -0.31988 382 -1.09048 0.343985 -1.76467 -0.41628 391 -1.01905 0.355960 -1.71672 -0.32138 402 -0.94762 0.352358 -1.63823 -0.25701 415 -1.01429 0.373582 -1.74649 -0.28208 416 -1.08571 0.371724 -1.81428 -0.35715 419 -1.23956 0.379800 -1.98395 -0.49517 421 -1.16813 0.388808 -1.93018 -0.40608 431 -1.09670 0.383618 -1.84858 -0.34482 432 -1.18761 0.381917 -1.93616 -0.43907 434 -1.28761 0.379729 -2.03187 -0.54336 441 -1.39872 0.376828 -2.13729 -0.66015 444 -1.32729 0.384013 -2.07995 -0.57464 447 -1.45229 0.380094 -2.19726 -0.70733 448 -1.73801 0.360677 -2.44492 -1.03109 460 -1.93801 0.345574 -2.61532 -1.26070 461 -2.18801 0.482663 -3.13401 -1.24201 462 -2.11658 0.476966 -3.05142 -1.18174 464 -2.44991 0.535496 -3.49947 -1.40036 481 -2.37849 0.529680 -3.41664 -1.34033 498 -2.30706 0.532767 -3.35126 -1.26285 500 -2.16420 0.546276 -3.23488 -1.09352 503 -2.66420 0.568698 -3.77883 -1.54957 511 -3.66420 0.568698 -4.77883 -2.54957 548 -3.59277 0.578546 -4.72670 -2.45884 552 -3.52134 0.587608 -4.67303 -2.36965 625 -3.44991 0.604423 -4.63456 -2.26527 635 -3.37849 0.595004 -4.54467 -2.21230 650 -3.30706 0.593471 -4.47024 -2.14387 657 -3.23563 0.599884 -4.41138 -2.05988 687 -3.08178 0.595533 -4.24900 -1.91456 700 -2.99087 0.592914 -4.15296 -1.82878 708 -2.89087 0.601644 -4.07007 -1.71167 710 -2.55754 0.586803 -3.70765 -1.40743 719 -2.39087 0.638098 -3.64152 -1.14022 724 -1.79087 0.674662 -3.11319 -0.46856 730 -0.79087 0.674662 -2.11319 0.53144

Interpretation

For the brake reliability data, the mean cumulative difference function is −0.99048 at 211 days. That is, the average number of repairs needed for a single system by 211 days is nearly 1 more for the type 2 brake component than for the type 1 brake component. The engineer can be 95% confident that this difference falls within the interval of −1.54022 and −0.44073.

For these data, all systems were retired for the type 2 brake component at 511 days and for the type 1 brake component at 730 days. At 511 days, the difference between the average number of repairs on each system for the two types of brake components is −3.66420. The engineer can be 95% confident that the true difference in the average number of repairs falls within the interval of −4.77883 and −2.54957. Because the confidence interval does not contain 0, a significant difference exists between the two types of brake components in the average number of repairs that are needed by the time all the systems have retired for the type 2 component at 511 days.

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