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Design and analysis of experiments. 3rd ed. (English) Zbl 0747.62072

New York etc.: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. xvii, 649 p. (1991).
Design of experiments has become a hot topic, especially in manufacturing industry, thanks to its well-publicized use in improvement of quality of products by Japanese engineers. Unfortunately, there are not too many new books on this topic although there are several well-known classics (which are mainly oriented toward agricultural and biological applications). The third edition of the author’s book is a newer addition. It is a major revision, according to the author, with much new material on factorial and fractional factorial designs, Taguchi approach, response surface designs and mixture experiments.
The intended audience for this book is senior and first-year graduate students. The emphasis is primarily on engineering and physical sciences as the main areas of application. The book does a good and comprehensive job of covering the traditional areas of design, such as block designs, orthogonal arrays (latin squares etc.) and factorial designs. However, the book focuses too much on computing formulas, least squares methods and ANOVA tables, and too little on concepts and strategies of practical experimentation, graphics, use of matrix methods and computers. Therefore it fails to convey the elegance and power of the design of experiment methodology to the intended consumers, namely, engineers and scientists. A more modern book in this area is long awaited.

MSC:

62Kxx Design of statistical experiments
62-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to statistics
62N99 Survival analysis and censored data
62P30 Applications of statistics in engineering and industry; control charts
62P99 Applications of statistics

Citations:

Zbl 0526.62069
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