To reach an optimal acceptance sampling decision for products, whose lifetimes are Burr type XII distribution, sampling plans are developed with a rebate warranty policy based on truncated censored data. The smallest sample size and acceptance number are determined to minimize the expected total cost, which consists of the test cost, experimental time cost, the cost of lot acceptance or rejection, and the warranty cost. A new method, which combines a simple empirical Bayesian method and the genetic algorithm (GA) method, named the EB-GA method, is proposed to estimate the unknown distribution parameter and hyper-parameters. The parameters of the GA are determined through using an optimal Taguchi design procedure to reduce the subjectivity of parameter determination. An algorithm is presented to implement the EB-GA method. The application of the proposed method is illustrated by an example. Monte Carlo simulation results show that the EB-GA method works well for parameter estimation in terms of small bias and mean square error.
International Journal of Reliability, Quality and Safety Engineering 23(5), p.1650021(15 pages)