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By Enrico Zio

The need of workmanship for tackling the advanced and multidisciplinary safety issues and threat has slowly permeated into all engineering purposes in order that chance research and administration has won a appropriate function, either as a device in aid of plant layout and as an vital capacity for emergency making plans in unintentional events. This involves the purchase of applicable reliability modeling and danger research instruments to enrich the fundamental and particular engineering wisdom for the technological region of software. aimed toward delivering an natural view of the topic, this booklet presents an advent to the relevant options and concerns regarding the security of recent commercial actions. It additionally illustrates the classical innovations for reliability research and chance evaluate utilized in present perform.

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3 Sketches of Events (i)D=A fl C 30" 900 e Fig. 6: Shaded area represents Event D = A n C 26 4 Basic of Probability Theory for Applications to Reliability and Risk Analysis (ii) E = A uB I I I I r 90" 0 Fig. 7: Shaded area represents Event E = A u B (iii) F=A n B nC v 4 I I : ! 30 I I I I I I I I I I I I 20 I I : Fig. 4 Mutually Exclusive D and E are not mutually exclusive. (Because D nE f 0, in fact D n E = D, ). A and C are not mutually exclusive. ( B e c a u s e A n C g AnC=D). 3 27 Logic of uncertainty: definition of probability As previously explained, for a statement to be an event, it can only have two possible states, either true or false, and at a certain point in time the exact state will become known as a result of the actual perfonning of the associated experiment.

Inevitably, if one needs to make decisions based on the current state of knowledge, he has to deal with such uncertainty. In particular, one needs to be able to compare different uncertain events and say whether one is more likely to occur than another. Hence, we accept the following axiom as a primitive concept which does not need to be proven: Uncertain events can be compared It represents a concept very similar to that of the value of objects and goods which need to be compared for the purpose of exchanging them.

7) This result is very important because it allows computing the probability with the methods of combinatorial calculus; its applicability is however limited to the case in which the event of interest can be decomposed in a finite number of mutually exclusive and equally probable outcomes. e. it defines probability resorting to a concept of frequency. 1, independently of the definition. All the theorems of probability follow from these three axioms. g. R = (0,l). Indeed, continuous intervals cannot be constructed by adding elementary points in a countable manner and correspondingly, probabilities of continuous intervals cannot be assigned by the addition law of probability.

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