By Eric VanMarcke

This document presents the very important instruments engineers and choice makers have to higher comprehend appropriate danger tactics and the way these methods can permit them to boost danger relief ideas and enforce mitigation activities to minimize lifeline losses from destiny earthquakes. as the disruption of lifelines from usual risks has a right away effect at the world’s neighborhood economies and the future health of its voters, you will need to comprehend average dangers, how they could influence lifelines, and what may be performed to lessen the impression after they take place. those 3 components and the approaches used to behave upon them impact judgements that contain applicable possibility techniques. the subject of 'acceptable possibility' presents a technique of bringing built-in platforms probability reviews for catastrophe explicitly right into a decision-making context. themes comprise technical concerns; danger standards concerns; and verbal exchange, management, and laws matters

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Such numbers are then, of course, purely conventional. , and their values by lowercase letters, such as x, y, z, .... The notation X(s) = x means that x is the value associated with the outcome of the random variable X at s. 9, etc. Frequently, the values of 0 and 1 are assigned to a random variable for representing success or failure of an event. 1 Types of Random Variables In the preceding discussion we defined a random variable to be a function from the sample space to the real numbers. Based on the type and number of values it takes on, a random variable can thus be assumed to be either a discrete or continuous random variable.

It is important to precisely specify the conditions under which a variable can be regarded as random. The qualification “random” implies the absence of 38 Risk and Reliability Analysis 4000 3500 Threshold Flow 3000 Flow (cfs) 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 Aug-00 Oct-99 Mar-00 May-99 Jul-98 Dec-98 Feb-98 Apr-97 Sep-97 Jun-96 Nov-96 Jan-96 Mar-95 Aug-95 Jun-94 Nov-94 Jan-94 Aug-93 Oct-92 Mar-93 May-92 Jul-91 Dec-91 Feb-91 Apr-90 Sep-90 Jun-89 Nov-89 Jan-89 Sep-88 0 Date Figure 2-1 Daily discharge of the Hillsborough River downstream of the Tampa Dam.

The question to be addressed is how best to regulate the lake water level. Analyze conceptually the approach for determining the best solution in these circumstances. The lake level is a random variable and can be denoted as X. The annual benefit to be derived from recreation and irrigated agriculture is also a random variable and can be denoted as Y. Solution There can be several alternative proposals to achieve the twin objectives. One alternative may be to emphasize the recreational benefits only.

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