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Contexts of Statistical Practice

Winter 1998 Youden Address

by Ranney, Gipsie B.;

Lessons of the quality movement may be applied to statistical practice just as they are to other business activities. Three aspects are discussed: viewing systems, developing customer knowledge, and using a learning cycle to produce improvement...

  • Filetype: pdf
  • Publish date: 1998-01
  • Keywords:Communication, Statistical Methods, PDSA (plan – do – study - act) Cycle
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A Tutorial on Probabilistic Risk Assessment for Net Package Contents

Mini Paper Appearing in Fall 1997 Newsletter

by King, Dennis W.;

This paper demonstrates how to calculate the producer’s risk of being in violation of package fill regulations...

  • Filetype: pdf
  • Publish date: 1997-09
  • Keywords:Mean, Standard deviation, Normal distribution, Binomial distribution
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Using a Graphical Technique for Determining and Displaying Process Capability

Basic Tool Appearing in Summer 1997 Newsletter

by DeRoeck, Richard;

This article demonstrates how to assess the capability of your process by calculating multiple capability indices (such as Cpk) over time and then plotting them on an XmR control chart along with a histogram of the individual values...

  • Filetype: pdf
  • Publish date: 1997-06
  • Keywords:Cpk, I and MR chart, X-bar and R chart
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A Note on EWMA

Mini paper Taken from Summer 1997 Newsletter

by Sengupta, Sumedha;

This Mini Paper gives an overview of the Exponentially Weighted Moving Averages (EWMA) and discusses some of its applications...

  • Filetype: pdf
  • Publish date: 1997-06
  • Keywords:Exponentially Weighted Moving Averages (EWMA), Control charts, Control limits, Cumulative sum control chart (CUSUM)
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Nonstatistical Skills That Can Help Statisticians Be More Effective

Mini Paper Appearing in Winter 1997 Newsletter

by Ronald D. Snee

Organizations are adopting new approaches to management and operations. New skills are needed if statisticians are to take advantage of these opportunities. It is shown how these new skills have much in common with statistical thinking...

  • Filetype: pdf
  • Publish date: 1997-01
  • Keywords:Statistical Thinking, Communication, Organizational development, Consulting, PDSA cycle, Flowchart, interrelationship digraph, affinity diagrams
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Change and Improvement: Guidelines for Action When the System Resists

1996 Youden Address

by James M. Lucas

This address discusses examples of the systems approach to problem formulation and solution, gives recommended changes that “we the people” can make, and offers some new technical tools...

  • Filetype: pdf
  • Publish date: 1997-01
  • Keywords:Systems thinking, Statistical thinking, Organizational development
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Smooth Work Flow Lowers Complexity and Raises Your Output

Mini Paper Taken from the Fall 1996 Newsletter

by Fuller, Tim; Propst, Annabeth;

This Mini Paper presents Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints model for improving work flow and reducing complexity and shows how two different manufacturing organizations have implemented them...

  • Filetype: pdf
  • Publish date: 1996-09
  • Keywords:Goldratt’s theory of constraints model, Process management, Variance Reduction
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A Primer for Enumerative vs. Analytic Studies: Using Caution in Statistical Inferences

Mini Paper Appearing in Summer 1996 Newsletter

by Beachell, Eileen J.; Monda, Marilyn;

This paper explains why it is important to distinguish between enumerative and analytic studies...

  • Filetype: pdf
  • Publish date: 1996-06
  • Keywords:Enumerative study, Analytic study, Common cause, Special cause
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Statistical Thinking

by Britz, Galen; Emerling, Donald

  • Filetype: pdf
  • Publish date: 1996-03
  • Keywords:Statistics, Statistical Thinking
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Using On-Line Process Data to Improve Quality

Youden Address Appearing in Winter 1996 Newsletter

by MacGregor, John F.;

This Youden address identifies the urgency for statisticians to take advantage of the abundance of on-line process data and come up with the next generation of improved multivariate control charts...

  • Filetype: pdf
  • Publish date: 1996-01
  • Keywords:Principal components, Projection latent structures (PLS), Control charts, Covariance, Collinearity, Signal-to-noise ratio, Squared prediction error (SPE), Assignable cause, Common cause, Hotelling’s T2 statistic, Control limits, Hypothesis testing

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