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Continual Improvement Process by V. Narayana, N. S. Sreenivasan

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CHAPTER 20

Problem, Data and Interpretation of Data

Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write

– H. G. Wells

SYNOPSIS

Understanding the importance of data, use of proper data in problem formulation, being knowledgeable on the pitfalls in problem formulation and collection of data and interpretation of data are extremely important. These aspects are explained with illustrative examples in this chapter. The understanding one should have on the role of statistics in the analysis of data is also explained with illustrative examples.

Thought routine: problem and data

Whenever a problem is encountered, it has to be spelt out clearly and unambiguously besides quantitatively. It has ...

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