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Joint Identification of Location and Dispersion Effects in Unreplicated Two-Level Factorials

Summary: [This abstract is based on the authors' abstract.] Most procedures that have been proposed to identify dispersion effects in unreplicated factorial designs assume that location effects have been identified correctly. Incorrect identification of location effects may impair subsequent identification of dispersion effects. We develop a method for joint identification of location and dispersion effects that can reliably identify active effects of both types. A normal-based model containing parameters for effects in both the mean and variance is used. Parameters are estimated using maximum likelihood, and subsequent effect selection is done using a specially derived information criterion. An exhaustive search through a limited version of the space of possible models is conducted. Both a single-model output and model averaging are considered. The method is shown to be capable of identifying sensible location-dispersion models that are missed by methods that rely on sequential estimation of location and dispersion effects. Supplementary materials for this article are available online.

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  • Topics: Design of Experiments, Software and Technology (for statistics, measurement, analysis), Statistics
  • Keywords: Experiments, Factorial designs, Effects, Dispersion, Parameters, Maximum likelihood estimate (MLE)
  • Author: Henrey, Andrew J.; Loughin, Thomas M.
  • Journal: Technometrics