Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Statistical Driven Insights

In the past 50 years statistics has contributed to many insights and developments in engineering and science, and in this era of massive volumes of data, it continues to play a significant role. It is unfortunate that most students in these fields are either not exposed to statistical methods early on in their careers, or they are put off by the belief that statistics is confusing, and irrelevant to the practical problems they encounter.

In this blog we hope to share our reflections, lessons learned, and JMP tricks for how to use statistics in engineering and science. We will do this in a way that makes statistics more palatable, even exciting, and we will show how statistics can help spark "aha" moments that lead to new hypotheses and discoveries. We will do our best to stay away from examples that are not relevant, and concentrate on cases that are found in a variety of industries, such as, automotive, chemical, semiconductor, or pharmaceutical, to name a few.

This is an exciting time for us. The launch of this blog also coincides with the publication of our book: Analyzing and Interpreting Continuous Data Using JMP: A Step-b-Step Guide. This book is based on the knowledge we have gained over our many years collaborating with, and learning from, engineers and scientists. In an upcoming post we will share more details about this book.

As Prof. George E.P. Box, FRS, one of the most original statistical minds of all times, so aptly put it: "Discovering the unexpected is more important than confirming the known". We strongly believe that statistics is a catalyst for "discovering the unexpected", and for generating knowledge within the framework of the scientific method. Thanks for taking the time to embark on this ‘Statistical Insights’ journey with us.

Brenda and José

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