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By Eric VanMarcke

This document presents the important instruments engineers and selection makers have to higher comprehend applicable threat strategies and the way these strategies can let them to enhance possibility relief innovations and enforce mitigation activities to minimize lifeline losses from destiny earthquakes. as the disruption of lifelines from traditional risks has an instantaneous impression at the world’s local economies and the future health of its electorate, it is very important comprehend traditional risks, how they could influence lifelines, and what will be performed to reduce the influence once they ensue. those 3 components and the approaches used to behave upon them impact judgements that contain applicable danger techniques. the subject of 'acceptable chance' presents a method of bringing built-in structures danger reviews for catastrophe explicitly right into a decision-making context. subject matters contain technical concerns; possibility standards matters; and verbal exchange, management, and laws concerns

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For example, the response of a catchment is a nonlinear function of many input variables but in a particular study these nonlinearities may be ignored. Such simplifications are typical sources of uncertainty. It is important to recall that most natural and socio-economic systems have yet to be fully understood. It is instructive here to note the following pertinent observations of Cornell (1972): “It is important in engineering applications that we avoid the tendency to Rational Decision Making Under Uncertainty 31 model only those probabilistic aspects that we think we know how to analyze.

40 4 3 4 5 6 Number of DO violations that might occur on a given day Figure 2-2 Random variable X (number of DO violations) as a function mapping the elements of the sample space onto the real line. variable, whereas the number of violations of the DO standard is a discrete variable. 0 mg/L. Figure 2-3 depicts the random variable X, the daily violation of the DO standard, with a bar chart. Mathematically, a random variable X can be considered as a real-valued function that maps all elements of the sample space into points on the real number line (R).

If assigned values for the random variable constitute a finite set or a countably infinite set, it is called a discrete variable: associated with discrete random events or outcomes. The roll of dice is one classical example of a discrete random variable. Other examples of discrete random variables include the number of rainy days or number of cloudy days in a month, the number of violations of a water quality standard, and the number of exceedances of a threshold flow at a given site. Continuous random variables are those associated with a continuous interval where any event can occur within the interval.

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