George Box has a unique ability to explain complex ideas simply and eloquently. This revised edition of his masterworks since 1982 clearly demonstrates the range of his wit and intellect. These fascinating readings represent the cornerstones in the theory and application of process improvement, product design and process control. Readers will gain valuable insights into the fundamentals and philosophy of scientific method using statistics and how it can drive creativity and discovery.
Part A: Some Thoughts on Process and Quality Improvement.
· Good Quality Costs Less? How Come?
· When Murphy Speaks--Listen.
· Changing Management Policy to Improve Quality and Productivity.
· Scientific Method: The Generation of Knowledge.
Part B: Design of Experiments for Process Improvement.
· Do Interactions Matter?
· Teaching Engineers Experimental Design with a Paper Helicopter.
· What Can You Find Out from Eight Experimental Runs?
· What Can You Find Out from Sixteen Experimental Runs?
· What Can You Find Out from Twelve Experimental Runs?
· Sequential Experimentation and Sequential Assembly of Designs.
· Must We Randomize Our Experiment?
· A Simple Way to Deal with Missing Observations from Designed Experiments.
· Finding Bad Values in Factorial Designs.
· How to Get Lucky.
· Dispersion Effects from Fractional Designs.
· The Importance of Practice in the Development of Statistics.
Part C: Sequential Investigation and Discovery.
· A Demonstration of Response Surface Methods.
· Response Surface Methods: Some History.
· Statistics as a Catalyst to Learning.
· Experience as a Guide to Theoretical Development.
· The Invention of the Composite Design.
· Finding the Active Factors in Fractionated Screening Experiments.
· Follow-up Designs to Resolve Confounding in Multifactor Experiments.
· Projective Properties of Certain Orthogonal Arrays.
· Choice of Response Surface Design and Alphabetic Optimality.
· An Apology for Ecumenism in Statistics.
Part D: Control.
· Six Sigma, Process Drift, Capability Indices and Feedback Adjustment.
· Understanding Exponential Smoothing: A Simple Way to Forecast Sales and Inventory.
· Feedback Control by Manual Adjustment.
· Bounded Adjustment Charts.
· Statistical Process Monitoring and Feedback Adjustment--A Discussion.
· Discrete Proportional-Integral Control with Constrained Adjustment.
· Discrete Proportional-Integral Adjustment and Statistical Process Control.
· Selection of Sampling Interval and Action Limit for Discrete Feedback Adjustment.
· Use of Cusum Statistics in the Analysis of Data and in Process Monitoring.
· Influence of the Sampling Interval, Decision Limit, and Autocorrelation on the Average Run Length in Cusum Charts.
· Cumulative Score Charts.
Part E: Variance Reduction and Robustness.
· Multiple Sources of Variation: Variance Components.
· The Importance of Data Transformation in Designed Experiments for Life Testing.
· Is Your Robust Design Procedure Robust?
· Split Plot Experiments.
· Robustness in Statistics.
· Split Plots for Robust Product and Process Experimentation.
· Designing Products that Are Robust to the Experiment--A Response Surface Approach.
· An Investigation of the Method of Accumulating Analysis.
· Signal-to-Noise Ratios, Performance Criteria, and Transformations.
Part F: Song.
· There's No Theorem Like Bayes Theorem.
· It's distribution Free.
· I Am the Very Model of a Professor Statistical.
Books and Articals Written by George Box from 1982 to 2005.
Statisticians of all kinds as well as students of statistics; the reference for statistical quality control and design of experiments; personal, corporate and public library appeal.
George E.P. Box is R.A. Fisher Professor Emeritus of Statistics at the University of Wisconsin. He has many years of experience as a practicing statistician in the British Army and later in Imperial Chemical Industries, Ltd., and has served as a consultant to industry and government.