APPENDIX A

Bare Bones Introduction to Basic Statistical Concepts

I said at the beginning of this book that we would not get overly involved with statistics and manual calculations. There are many books available to those who wish to delve more deeply into the details of the statistics and manual calculations of SPC. These include Montgomery,1 Duncan,2 and Sower.3 For our purposes, we will utilize statistical analysis software for the calculations. However, it is important to understand some basic statistical concepts in order to make informed decisions about which tools available in the software to use for specific situations and understand the output received from the use of those tools. This section will focus on basic statistical concepts ...

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