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Chen's model with bathtub shape provides an appropriate conceptual for the hazard rate of various industrial products and clinical cases. This article deals with the problem of estimating the model parameters, reliability and hazard functions of a three-parameter Chen distribution based on progressively Type-II censored sample have been obtained. Based on the s-normal approximation to the asymptotic distribution of the maximum likelihood estimates and log-transformed maximum likelihood estimates, the approximate confidence intervals for the unknown parameters, and any function of them, are constructed. Using independent gamma conjugate priors, the Bayes estimators of the unknown parameters and reliability characteristics are derived under different versions of a symmetric squared error loss functions. However, the Bayes estimators are obtained in a complex form, so we have been used Metropolis-Hastings sampler procedure to carry out the Bayes estimates and also to construct the corresponding credible intervals. To assess the performance of the proposed estimators, numerical results using Monte Carlo simulation study were reported. To determine the optimum censoring scheme among different competing censoring plans, some optimality criteria have been considered. A practical example using real-life data set, representing the survival times of head and neck cancer patients, is discussed to demonstrate how the applicability of the proposed methods in real phenomenon.
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