Quigley, J.L. and Walls, L.A. (2006) Prediction intervals for reliability growth models with small sample sizes. In: Springer Handbook of Engineering Statistics. Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, pp. 113-124. ISBN 9781852338060
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