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Pelumi E. Oguntunde, Mundher A. Khaleel, Mohammed T. Ahmed, Adebowale O. Adejumo, Oluwole A. Odetunmibi, "A New Generalization of the Lomax Distribution with Increasing, Decreasing, and Constant Failure Rate", Modelling and Simulation in Engineering, vol. 2017, Article ID 6043169, 6 pages, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/6043169
A New Generalization of the Lomax Distribution with Increasing, Decreasing, and Constant Failure Rate
Developing new compound distributions which are more flexible than the existing distributions have become the new trend in distribution theory. In this present study, the Lomax distribution was extended using the Gompertz family of distribution, its resulting densities and statistical properties were carefully derived, and the method of maximum likelihood estimation was proposed in estimating the model parameters. A simulation study to assess the performance of the parameters of Gompertz Lomax distribution was provided and an application to real life data was provided to assess the potentials of the newly derived distribution. Excerpt from the analysis indicates that the Gompertz Lomax distribution performed better than the Beta Lomax distribution, Weibull Lomax distribution, and Kumaraswamy Lomax distribution.
The Lomax distribution can also be called Pareto Type II distribution and its application can be found in many fields like actuarial science, economics, and so on . The distribution was defined by Lomax  and it is a heavy-tailed distribution. It has also been considered to be useful in reliability and life testing problems in engineering and in survival analysis as an alternative distribution [3, 4].
Modified and extended versions of the Lomax distribution have been studied; examples include the weighted Lomax distribution , exponential Lomax distribution , exponentiated Lomax distribution , gamma Lomax distribution , transmuted Lomax distribution , Poisson Lomax distribution , McDonald Lomax distribution , Weibull Lomax distribution , and power Lomax distribution . Besides, estimation of the parameters of Lomax distribution under general progressive censoring has also been considered by Al-Zahrani and Al-Sobhi .
In addition to the generalized families of distributions mentioned earlier, there are several other generalized families of distributions in the literature and these are contained in Owoloko et al. , Oguntunde et al. , Cordeiro et al. , and Alizadeh et al. . Meanwhile, of interest to us in this research is to extend the Lomax distribution using the Gompertz generalized family of distributions due to Alizadeh et al.  because it is relatively new; it has not yet been rigorously explored, and it has some potentials which would be revealed in the later part of this article.
The rest of this article is therefore organized as follows: in Section 2, the densities of the Gompertz Lomax distribution (henceforth, it is referred to as GoLom distribution) are derived; its statistical properties are established including estimation of the unknown parameters; in Section 3, a simulation study was provided to investigate the performances of the unknown parameters; then an application to a real life data was provided, followed by a concluding remark.
2. The Gompertz Lomax Distribution
To start with, the cumulative distribution function (cdf) and probability density function (pdf) of the Lomax distribution with parameters and are given byrespectively, where and are the shape and scale parameters, respectively.
According to Alizadeh et al. , the cdf and pdf of the Gompertz generalized family of distribution are given bywhere and are additional shape parameters and their role is to vary tail weights.
and are the cdf and pdf of the parent (or baseline) distribution, respectively.
Now, if the density in (1) in inserted into (3), then the cdf of the GoLom distribution is given byIts associated pdf is derived by inserting the densities in (1) and (2) into (4) as follows:where , , and are shape parameters; is the scale parameter.
Plots for the pdf of the GoLom distribution at various selected values are displayed in Figure 1.
Remark 1. It is clear in Figure 1 that the shape of the GoLom distribution could be decreasing or inverted bathtub (depending on the value of the parameters). Also, it could be positively skewed or negatively skewed. Studying the tail behaviour of the GoLom distribution, it can be deduced that the distribution is heavy-tailed.
2.1. Expansion for the Densities of GoLom Distribution
The associated pdf can be expressed as a linear mixture of the exponentiated Lomax function as follows:where and and and are the cdf and pdf of the Lomax distribution as defined in (1) and (2), respectively.
2.2. Reliability Analysis
The expressions for the reliability function, hazard function (or failure rate), reversed hazard function, and odds function are all derived and established in this subsection.
Reliability Function. Reliability or survival function can be obtained fromTherefore, the reliability function of the GoLom distribution is given byIt is good to note that the shape of the reliability function of GoLom distribution would be a constant when the value of parameter and . An illustration to this is as shown in Figure 2.
Hazard Function. Hazard function can be obtained fromTherefore, the hazard function of the GoLom distribution is given byPlots for the hazard function of the GoLom distribution at various selected values are displayed in Figure 3.
Remark 2. It can be deduced from Figure 3 that the shape of the hazard function of the GoLom distribution could be constant, increasing, or decreasing (depending on the value of the parameters).
Reversed Hazard Function. Reversed hazard function can be derived fromTherefore, the reversed hazard function for the GoLom distribution is given by
Odds Function. Odds function can be derived fromTherefore, the odds function for the GoLom distribution is given by
2.3. Quantile Function and Median
Quantile function can be derived fromTherefore, the quantile function of the GoLom distribution is given bywhere .
Random numbers can be generated from the GoLom distribution usingThe median of the GoLom distribution can be derived by substituting into (18) as follows:Other quartiles can also be derived from (18) by substituting the appropriate value of “.”
2.4. Distribution of Order Statistics
Let be a random sample from a cdf and pdf of a Gompertz Lomax distribution as defined in (5) and (6), respectively; the pdf of the th order statistics of the GoLom distribution is obtained fromThen, the pdf of th order statistics for the GoLom distribution isTherefore, the distribution of minimum and maximum order statistics for the GoLom distribution is given by
2.5. Parameter Estimation
The parameters of the GoLom distribution can be estimated using the method of maximum likelihood (MLE) as follows: let denote random samples each having the pdf of the GoLom distribution; then the likelihood function is given byLet denote the log-likelihood function; that is, let ; thenSolving , , , and simultaneously gives the maximum likelihood estimates of parameters , , , and . Meanwhile, the solution cannot be gotten analytically except numerically when data sets are available. Software like R, MATLAB, MAPLE, and so on could be used to get the estimates.
The behaviour of the parameters of the GoLom distribution was investigated by conducting simulation studies with the aid of R software. Data sets were generated from the GoLom distribution with a replication number ; random samples of sizes , 50, and 100 were further selected. The simulation was conducted for three () different cases using varying true parameter values. The selected true parameter values are , , , and ; , , , and ; and , , , and for the first, second, and third cases, respectively.
Remark 3. It can be deduced from Tables 1, 2, and 3 that the root mean square error (RMSE) reduces for all the selected parameter values as the sample size increases. Also, the bias posed by the estimates is closer to the true parameter values and the absolute bias reduces as the sample size increases. Hence, as sample size increases, the estimates tend towards (or approaches) the true parameter values.
To demonstrate the potentials of the GoLom distribution, a comparison was made using the GoLom distribution and some other compound distributions like Beta Lomax distribution, Weibull Lomax distribution, and Kumaraswamy Lomax distribution. The following criteria were used to select the distribution with the best fit: Negative Log-Likelihood (−LL) value, Akaike Information Criteria (AIC), Bayesian Information Criteria (BIC), Consistent Akaike Information Criteria (CAIC), and Hannan and Quinn Information Criteria (HQIC). The value for the Kolmogorov Smirnov (KS) statistic, Anderson Darling (A) statistic, and the value are also provided.
The data relating to the strengths of 1.5 cm glass fibres which was obtained by workers at the UK National Physical Laboratory was used. The data has previously been used by Smith and Naylor , Bourguinon et al. , and Merovci et al. . The observations are as follows:
0.55, 0.74, 0.77, 0.81, 0.84, 1.24, 0.93, 1.04, 1.11, 1.13, 1.30, 1.25, 1.27, 1.28, 1.29, 1.48, 1.36, 1.39, 1.42, 1.48, 1.51, 1.49, 1.49, 1.50, 1.50, 1.55, 1.52, 1.53, 1.54, 1.55, 1.61, 1.58, 1.59, 1.60, 1.61, 1.63, 1.61, 1.61, 1.62, 1.62, 1.67, 1.64, 1.66, 1.66, 1.66, 1.70, 1.68, 1.68, 1.69, 1.70, 1.78, 1.73, 1.76, 1.76, 1.77, 1.89, 1.81, 1.82, 1.84, 1.84, 2.00, 2.01, 2.24.
The performances of the GoLom distribution with the other competing distributions are shown in Table 4.
Remark 4. The distribution that corresponds to the lowest −LL, AIC, CAIC, BIC, and HQIC is judged to be the best out of the competing distributions. With this regard, the competing distributions can be ranked in the following order (best to the least): Gompertz Lomax distribution, Weibull Lomax distribution, Kumaraswamy Lomax distribution, and Beta Lomax distribution.
The values for the Kolmogorov Smirnov statistic, Anderson Darling statistic, and the value are as shown in Table 5.
A plot showing all the competing distributions against the empirical histogram of the observed data is as shown in Figure 4.
A plot for the empirical cdf of the competing distributions with the empirical cdf of the observed data is as shown in Figure 5.
The Gompertz Lomax distribution has been successfully derived; expressions for its basic statistical properties which include the reliability function, hazard function, odds function, reversed hazard function, and quantile, median, and distribution of order statistics have been successfully established. The shape of the distribution could be decreasing or inverted bathtub (depending on the value of the parameters). Meanwhile, the shape of its hazard function could be constant, increasing, or decreasing (depending on the value of the parameters). The simulation study that was conducted shows that the parameters of the Gompertz Lomax distribution are stable; though values for biasedness were generated, these values are small, indicating that the maximum likelihood estimates of the GoLom distribution are not too far from the true parameter values; the absolute bias and the root mean square values also decreases as the sample size increases. An application to a real life data shows that the Gompertz Lomax distribution is a strong and better competitor for the Weibull Lomax distribution, Beta Lomax distribution, and Kumaraswamy Lomax distribution.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.
The authors are grateful to Covenant University for providing funding and an enabling environment for this research.
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