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Statistical Thinking: Improving Business Performance, Second Edition by Ron Snee, Roger Hoerl

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Introduction to JMP*

JMP is desktop data analysis software from SAS, the world’s leading provider of analytics solutions for industry. JMP is easy to learn and use and contains a very broad collection of tools for data analysis and visualization. It also works well with data in other formats, including Microsoft Excel, and is available for both Windows and Macintosh operating systems. A free 30-day trial that you can easily download and install to use for the examples in this book is available at www.jmp.com/trial.

In this section we will introduce you to some of the essential functions of JMP, including basic navigation, how to import data, how to run basic analyses, and where to get help. You will find additional resources at www.jmp.com/learn and many excellent books at www.jmp.com/books.

WHY JMP?

In one package, JMP contains all the basic graphing and analysis tools found in spreadsheets as well as more advanced platforms for regression, design of experiments, and quality and predictive analytics. JMP is designed around the workflow of the data analyst and provides several important advantages to the user. The first of these is that JMP guides you to the appropriate analysis for your data. The results are always driven by the type of data you have and the general purpose of your analysis. JMP then provides contextual options, allowing you to dive deeper into the analysis.

The second advantage is that graphs nearly always accompany statistical results; the graphs are presented ...

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