Here's another set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about doing design of experiments (DOE), plus alerts to timely information and free software updates. If you missed the previous DOE FAQ Alert, please click on the links at the bottom of this page. If you have a question that needs answering, click the Search tab and enter the key words. This finds not only answers from previous Alerts, but also other documents posted to the Stat-Ease web site.
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Here's an appetizer to get this Alert off to a good start: A smart spoon developed by MIT to measure temperature, acidity, salinity and viscosity of the food it stirs see http://www.media.mit.edu/ci/projects/intelligentspoon.html and http://www.ohgizmo.com/2006/04/12/mit-intelligent-spoon/. This should be perfect for optimizing the amount of mayonnaise to mix in with your tuna for the perfect sandwich. If you fancy pickles, the pH measurement may come in handy as well.
Here's what I cover in the body text of this DOE FAQ Alert (topics that delve into statistical detail are designated "Expert"):
1. Newsletter alert: April issue of the Stat-Teaser features
release of Design-Ease® version 7 software, our newest consultant,
and an entertaining article about a DOE on a dog
1. Newsletter alert: April issue of the Stat-Teaser features release of Design-Ease® version 7 software, our newest consultant, and an entertaining article about a DOE on a dog
Many of you will soon receive or already have a printed copy of the latest Stat-Teaser, but others, by choice or because you reside outside of North America, will get your only view of the April issue at http://www.statease.com/news/news0604.pdf.
It announces the release of Design-Ease version 7 (DE7), the "light"
version of Design-Expert® 7 (DX7) software, which became available
last September. DE7 offers dozens of new features including innovative
design options, enhanced augmentation tools, stronger analysis capabilities,
better diagnostics, updated
Read "A Wonderful Day for a Boy and his Dog" to learn how 6th grader Jon Kraber, with a bit of coaching from his mother Stat-Ease Consultant Shari Kraber — experimented on which treats enticed their family pet Jasper.
Also, see our newest consultant Wayne Adams pictured with a brief,
but somewhat mysterious, biography.
2. FAQ: Should measurement of responses be randomized?
(Learn more about principles of DOE by attending the three-day
computer-intensive workshop "Experiment Design Made Easy."
for a course description. Link from this page to the course
outline and schedule. Then, if you like, enroll online.)
3. Events alert: UK exhibit this month for statisticians in the pharmaceutical industry, plus several talks in June and beyond
Stat-Ease's reseller Alan Collins of QD Consulting will exhibit our software at PSI's 29th Annual Conference in Bristol from Sunday the 14th of May to Wednesday the 17th. The conference is the principal annual event for statisticians and programmers in the pharmaceutical industry in the UK. For more details, see http://tinyurl.com/l3whh.
Stat-Ease Consultant Pat Whitcomb will talk about "Value and Implementation of DOE in Coatings Product Development" at the NOVA Paint Club (http://tinyurl.com/pstv9) Technical/Board Meetings, an exclusive gathering of coatings experts in Vancouver, Canada on May 30-31. He will also be one of the featured speakers on "Approaching Product Design Systematically and Strategically" offered June 23-24 in Orlando before the Annual Meeting and Food Expo of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). For information on the IFT preconference class, in which Pat will detail application of factorial, response surface (RSM) and mixture designs, see http://www.am-fe.ift.org/cms/?pid=1000277.
At the 2006 Joint Research Conference on Statistics in Quality, Industry and Technology in Knoxville, TN on June 7-9, Stat-Ease Consultant Shari Kraber will present "PCR Process Optimized via Split-Plot DOE." Register for this conference at http://2006jointresearch.bus.utk.edu/.
Stat-Ease contract-trainer Carl McAfee will give an invited paper at the National Plastics Exhibition (NPE) this summer in Chicago. His talk on "Case Studies and Technical Perspectives on TPEs/TSRs: The Paradigm Shift" features Design-Expert and its capabilities as a tool for innovation and positive change. The NPE is one of the largest venues in the country over 80,000 attendees last year. See http://www.npe.org/ for details.
Click http://www.statease.com/events.html for a list of appearances by Stat-Ease professionals. We hope to see you sometime in the near future!
4. Workshop alert: San Jose "Experiment Design Made Easy"
and Chicago "Crash Course on DOE for Sales & Marketing"
"Experiment Design Made Easy" will be presented on June 6-8 in San Jose, California. If you work in the western USA and need to master the basics of DOE, do not miss this opportunity for a computer-intensive workshop by a Stat-Ease statistical consultant.
(If you are a corporate technical professional, please pass this news on to your business people!) Quickly identify those factors which affect your sales and marketing results. Learn how they interact and apply that knowledge to make breakthrough increases in sales and profits. Attend the one-day "Crash Course on DOE for Sales & Marketing" in Chicago on June 22. See the course description and links to the syllabus and online enrollment at http://www.statease.com/clas_smdoe.html.
See http://www.statease.com/clas_pub.html for schedule and site information on all Stat-Ease workshops open to the public. To enroll, click the "register online" link on our web site or call Stat-Ease at 1.612.378.9449. If spots remain available, bring along several colleagues and take advantage of quantity discounts in tuition, or consider bringing in an expert from Stat-Ease to teach a private class at your site. Call us to get a quote.
I hope you learned something from this issue. Address your general questions and comments to me at: Mark@StatEase.com.
Mark J. Anderson, PE, CQE
PS. Quote for the
monthA song about analysis of variance:
"ANOVA Man"Words: Mark Glickman
Music: Lennon/McCartney ("Nowhere Man")
"He's a real ANOVA
Wants to test for equal mu's
ANOVA man, please listen;
Writes down two hypotheses;
ANOVA man, try harder;
At 0.05 he rejects
ANOVA man, please listen;
He's a real ANOVA man
Used with permission from the author: Mark E. Glickman, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services at the Boston University School of Public Health. Hear his song at http://math.bu.edu/people/mg/music/anovaman.mp3.
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