# ESTIMATION AND COMPARISON OF WEIBULL-NORMAL DISTRIBUTION WITH SOME OTHER PROBABILITY MODELS USING BAYESIAN METHOD OF ESTIMATION

## Abstract

In statistical applications the Normal distribution is adjudged to be the best. Recent studies Terna (2017) using classical method indicated that Weibull-Normal distribution outperformed the Normal distribution. In this study we used the non-classical Bayesian method of estimation to estimate and compare the Weibull-Normal distribution with some other distributions including Normal and Gamma-Normal distributions. This study derived explicit expressions for basic statistical properties such as moments, moment generating function, the characteristic function, reliability analysis and the distribution of order statistics. It looks at estimation of confidence intervals for the parameters of the Weibull-Normal distribution and estimated the parameters of the new distribution using a non-classical approach for the purpose of theoretical comparisons. The two other distributions whose parameters were also estimated by using Bayesian estimation are the normal distribution and gamma distribution as well as the combination Gamma-Normal distribution. Based on the analyses and interpretations of the results obtained it was found that the parameters and other general properties of Normal distribution gives a better fit than other distributions. R-software was used; the models were written as an R code in R program using the rjags library, the distribution parameters were obtained from a Gibbs sampling of a Bayesian Fit for data set I and data set II. The criteria used in R for comparisons were the negative log-likelihood, AIC (Akaike information criterion), CAIC (Consistent Akaike Information Criterion) and BIC (Bayesian information Criterion).