The Validation Problem—Historical Developments

by Jack R. Benjamin, Jack R. Benjamin & Associates, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Design, Analysis and Testing


Validation of a probability consists of the estimation of the reliability of the probability. Validation is important when probabilities are based on data, rather than theoretical exercises. Although the validation issue has been a part of all applications of probabilistic concepts to structural engineering, it has not been generally considered a real issue in the past because of the way that applications developed. Conventional mathematical statistics does not offer an adequate solution to validation. Bayesian concepts yield a solution but the methodology conflicts with that of conventional statistical procedures. A possible way of circumventing the issue exists by focusing on comparing the results of standardized analyses rather than solving the problem directly.

Subject Headings: Failure analysis | Statistics | Probability | Concrete structures | Structural analysis | Material failures | Structural failures | Bayesian analysis

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