Ground properties derived from censored data

H. Denver, Ove Dalager Ditlevsen, Niels Jacob Tarp-Johansen

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    The geotechnical engineer is often faced with the problem of how to assess the statistical properties of a soil parameter on the basis of a sample measured in-situ or in the laboratory with the defect that some values have been replaced by interval bounds because the corresponding soil parameter values have turned out to exceed the capacity of the measuring instrument. Given such a censored sample the problem is to estimate the mean value, variance and certain fractiles of the distribution of the soil parameter as it would be measured by an instrument of unrestricted range. In many situations only a small censored sample is given. To estimate the characteristic value defined as a lower fractile value corresponding to a codified probability value, the geotechnical engineer is thus forced to supplement the results with professionally assessed prior knowledge about the soil parameter distribution. The present paper offers a description of the problems and shows how a characteristic value can be systematically assessed on the basis of censored data supplemented with prior knowledge. Finally, the calculation procedure is demonstrated by a simple example.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProc. of the 14th Int. Conf. on Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering
    Place of PublicationRotterdam
    PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
    Publication date1997
    Publication statusPublished - 1997
    Event14th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering - Hamburg, Germany
    Duration: 6 Sept 199712 Sept 1997
    Conference number: 14


    Conference14th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering

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