Statistical Learning in Logistics and Manufacturing Systems
MetadataShow full item record
This thesis focuses on the developing of statistical methodology in reliability and quality engineering, and to assist the decision-makings at enterprise level, process level, and product level. In Chapter II, we propose a multi-level statistical modeling strategy to characterize data from spatial logistics systems. The model can support business decisions at different levels. The information available from higher hierarchies is incorporated into the multi-level model as constraint functions for lower hierarchies. The key contributions include proposing the top-down multi-level spatial models which improve the estimation accuracy at lower levels; applying the spatial smoothing techniques to solve facility location problems in logistics. In Chapter III, we propose methods for modeling system service reliability in a supply chain, which may be disrupted by uncertain contingent events. This chapter applies an approximation technique for developing first-cut reliability analysis models. The approximation relies on multi-level spatial models to characterize patterns of store locations and demands. The key contributions in this chapter are to bring statistical spatial modeling techniques to approximate store location and demand data, and to build system reliability models entertaining various scenarios of DC location designs and DC capacity constraints. Chapter IV investigates the power law process, which has proved to be a useful tool in characterizing the failure process of repairable systems. This chapter presents a procedure for detecting and estimating a mixture of conforming and nonconforming systems. The key contributions in this chapter are to investigate the property of parameter estimation in mixture repair processes, and to propose an effective way to screen out nonconforming products. The key contributions in Chapter V are to propose a new method to analyze heavily censored accelerated life testing data, and to study the asymptotic properties. This approach flexibly and rigorously incorporates distribution assumptions and regression structures into estimating equations in a nonparametric estimation framework. Derivations of asymptotic properties of the proposed method provide an opportunity to compare its estimation quality to commonly used parametric MLE methods in the situation of mis-specified regression models.