Chapter 17. Building Empirical Models Using DOE

“The best time to design an experiment is after it is finished.”

Box, Hunter, and Hunter, Statistics for Experimenters1

1. George E. P. Box, William G. Hunter, and J. Stuart Hunter, Statistics for Experimenters: An Introduction to Design, Data Analysis, and Model Building (New York: John Wiley, 1978).

Engineering science has come a long way in its ability to build useful first-principles models. Computer-aided engineering tools such as finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), along with increased computing power, have made it both possible and practical to build models of complex systems that would not have been possible in the past. In spite of all this, there still ...

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