Chapter 3A First Look at JMP

This chapter provides you with some initial familiarity with JMP, the enabling software that we use for Visual Six Sigma. The purpose of this chapter is to provide sufficient background to allow you to use JMP in the six case studies that appear in Part Two of the book. In Chapter 2, we explained the roles of statistics as detective, also known as exploratory data analysis (EDA), and statistics as lawyer, also known as confirmatory data analysis (CDA), within Visual Six Sigma. Although we emphasize the usefulness of EDA in this book, it is important to mention that JMP also has very comprehensive CDA capabilities, some of which are illustrated in our case studies.

You can download a trial copy of JMP at JMP instructions in this book are based on JMP 12.2.0. Although the menu structure may differ if you use a different version of JMP, the functionality described in this book is available in JMP 12.2.0 or newer versions.

JMP is a statistical package that was developed by the SAS Institute Inc. First appearing in October 1989, it was originally designed to take full advantage of a graphical user interface that at the time was only available through the Apple Macintosh. JMP has enjoyed continual development ever since those early days. Today JMP is available on the Windows and Macintosh operating systems, having a similar look and feel on each. The specifics presented in this chapter relate to the Windows version of JMP. If you are using ...

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