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Statistics as a Catalyst to Learning by Scientific Method Part I--An Example

Summary: Innovation in the design and manufacture of processes and products usually comes about as a result of careful investigation--a directed process of sequential learning. Many practitioners, although familiar with "one-shot" statistical procedures, have little knowledge of the power of statistical techniques designed to catalyze investigation itself. A simple means of demonstrating and experiencing this learning process is illustrated using response surface methods to find an improved design for a paper helicopter.

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  • Topics: Design of Experiments
  • Keywords: Screening,Design of experiments (DOE),Statistical methods,Steepest ascent,Response surface methodology (RSM)
  • Author: Box, George E. P.; Liu, Patrick Y. T.
  • Journal: Journal of Quality Technology