Preface

Audience

This is an introductory textbook dealing with the design and analysis of experiments. It is based on college-level courses in design of experiments that I have taught for over 40 years at Arizona State University, the University of Washington, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. It also reflects the methods that I have found useful in my own professional practice as an engineering and statistical consultant in many areas of science and engineering, including the research and development activities required for successful technology commercialization and product realization.

The book is intended for students who have completed a first course in statistical methods. This background course should include at least some techniques of descriptive statistics, the standard sampling distributions, and an introduction to basic concepts of confidence intervals and hypothesis testing for means and variances. Chapters 10, 11, and 12 require some familiarity with matrix algebra.

Because the prerequisites are relatively modest, this book can be used in a second course on statistics focusing on statistical design of experiments for undergraduate students in engineering, the physical and chemical sciences, statistics, mathematics, and other fields of science. For many years I have taught a course from the book at the first-year graduate level in engineering. Students in this course come from all of the fields of engineering, materials science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, ...

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