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2018-04-05 17:15
If you collect and analyze real data for a living, the idea of using simulated data for a Monte Carlo simulation sounds a bit odd. How can you improve a real product with simulated data? In… Read More
The Journey Towards Industry 4.0
2018-02-14 16:57
The convergence of the widespread deployment of low-cost sensors, cloud and greater compute power has brought together a multitude of connected devices which can monitor, collect, exchange… Read More
2017-08-08 13:58
Six Sigma is a quality improvement method that businesses have used for decades—because it gets results. A Six Sigma project follows a clearly defined series of steps, and companies in… Read More
2017-08-01 13:56
Can you trust your data?  That's the very first question we need to ask when we perform a statistical analysis. If the data's no good, it doesn't matter what statistical methods we emp… Read More
5 Tips To Make Process Improvements Stick!
2017-06-21 12:00
For a process improvement practitioner, finishing the Control Phase of the DMAIC process is your ticket to move on to your next project. You’ve done an excellent job leading the projec… Read More
A Swiss Army Knife For Analyzing Data
2017-06-14 12:00
Easy access to the right tools makes any task easier. That simple idea has made the Swiss Army knife essential for adventurers: just one item in your pocket gives you instant access to dozen… Read More
2017-06-06 12:00
by Dan Wolfe, guest blogger How would you measure a hole that was allowed to vary one tenth the size of a human hair? What if the warmth from holding the part in your hand could take the me… Read More
2017-05-31 12:00
Before cutting an expensive piece of granite for a countertop, a good carpenter will first confirm he has measured correctly. Acting on faulty measurements could be costly. While no measure… Read More
Monitoring Rare Events With G Charts
2017-05-25 04:00
Rare events inherently occur in all kinds of processes. In hospitals, there are medication errors, infections, patient falls, ventilator-associated pneumonias, and other rare, adverse events… Read More
Control Your Control Chart!
2017-05-12 13:00
As a member of Minitab's Technical Support team, I get the opportunity to work with many people creating control charts. They know the importance of monitoring their processes with control c… Read More
For Want Of An FMEA, The Empire Fell
2017-05-04 12:00
by Matthew Barsalou, guest blogger For want of a nail the shoe was lost,For want of a shoe the horse was lost,For want of a horse the rider was lostFor want of a rider the battle was lostFo… Read More
Statistical Fun … At The Grocery Store?
2017-04-14 13:17
Grocery shopping. For some, it's the most dreaded household activity. For others, it's fun, or perhaps just a “necessary evil.” Personally, I enjoy it! My co-worker, Ginger, a c… Read More
Gauging Gage Part 3: How To Sample Parts
2017-04-12 13:39
In Parts 1 and 2 of Gauging Gage we looked at the numbers of parts, operators, and replicates used in a Gage R&R Study and how accurately we could estimate %Contribution based on the cho… Read More
How To Improve Cpk
2017-04-05 12:00
You run a capability analysis and your Cpk is bad. Now what? First, let’s start by defining what “bad” is. In simple terms, the smaller the Cpk, the more defects you have… Read More
Gauging Gage Part 1: Is 10 Parts Enough?
2017-03-29 15:31
"You take 10 parts and have 3 operators measure each 2 times." This standard approach to a Gage R&R experiment is so common, so accepted, so ubiquitous that few people ever question whe… Read More
What To Do When Your Data's A Mess, Part 3
2017-03-28 12:00
Everyone who analyzes data regularly has the experience of getting a worksheet that just isn't ready to use. Previously I wrote about tools you can use to clean up and eliminate clutter in y… Read More
What To Do When Your Data's A Mess, Part 2
2017-03-22 12:00
In my last post, I wrote about making a cluttered data set easier to work with by removing unneeded columns entirely, and by displaying just those columns you want to work with now. But too… Read More
Six Sigma Concepts And Metrics (Part 1)
2017-03-17 12:00
Did you know the most popular diamond cut is probably the Round Brilliant Cut? The first early version of what would become the modern Round Brilliant Diamond Cut was introduced by an Italia… Read More
Who's More (or Less) Irish?
2017-03-17 10:01
B'gosh n' begorrah, it's St. Patrick's Day today! The day that we Americans lay claim to our Irish heritage by doing all sorts of things that Irish people never do. Like dye your hair green… Read More
What To Do When Your Data's A Mess, Part 1
2017-03-15 14:52
Isn't it great when you get a set of data and it's perfectly organized and ready for you to analyze? I love it when the people who collect the data take special care to make sure to format i… Read More
Predicting The 2017 NCAA Tournament
2017-03-13 19:38
Predictions can be a tricky thing. Consider trying to predict the number rolled by 2 six-sided dice. We know that 7 is the most likely outcome. We know the exact probability each number has… Read More
10 Tips To Increase Your Minitab Efficiency
2017-02-15 13:00
by Rehman Khan, guest blogger There are many articles giving Minitab tips already, so to be different I have done mine in the style of my books, which use example-based learning. All ten ti… Read More
3 Things A Histogram Can Tell You
2017-02-13 13:15
Histograms are one of the most common graphs used to display numeric data. Anyone who takes a statistics course is likely to learn about the histogram, and for good reason: histograms are ea… Read More
How To Compute Probabilities
2017-02-08 13:00
Have you ever wanted to know the odds of something happening, or not happening?  It's the kind of question that students are frequently asked to calculate by hand in introductory stati… Read More
So Why Is It Called
2017-01-27 13:00
Did you ever wonder why statistical analyses and concepts often have such weird, cryptic names? One conspiracy theory points to the workings of a secret committee called the ICSSNN. The Int… Read More
The Empirical CDF, Part 1: What's A CDF?
2017-01-25 13:05
T'was the season for toys recently, and Christmas day found me playing around with a classic, the Etch-a-Sketch. As I noodled with the knobs, I had a sudden flash of recognition: my drawing… Read More
Creating A Waterfall Chart In Minitab
2017-01-20 13:04
While there are many graph options available in Minitab’s Graph menu, there is no direct option to generate a waterfall chart. This type of graph helps visualize the cumulative effect… Read More

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