Comparison of Random Survival Forest with Accelerated Failure Time-Weibull Model for Bridge Deck Deterioration

Muyang Lu, S. Ilgin Guler

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Bridge deck deterioration modeling is critical to infrastructure management. Deterioration modeling is traditionally done using deterministic models, stochastic models, and recently basic machine learning methods. The advanced machine learningbased survival models, such as random survival forest, have not been adapted for use in infrastructure management. This paper introduces random survival forest models for bridge deck deterioration modeling and compare their performance with a commonly used traditional stochastic model, that is, the Weibull distribution-based accelerated failure time (AFT-Weibull) model. To better adapt the random survival model for bridge deck deterioration modeling, the selection of the dependent variables is discussed between two variables: time-in-rating, and cumulative truck traffic. Inspection data from about 22,000 state-owned bridge decks in Pennsylvania are used to validate and test the performance of the models. The results suggest that cumulative truck traffic is more suitable to be selected as the dependent variable when analyzing the reliability of the bridge deck. Further, the random survival forest model outperformed the AFT-Weibull model in predictive accuracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTransportation Research Record
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages16
StatePublished - Jul 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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