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Design and Analysis of Experiments: MINITAB Companion [Paperback]

Douglas C. Montgomery , Scott M. Kowalski
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April 27, 2010 0470169907 978-0470169902 7
This Minitab Companion accompanies the best-selling text for design and analysis of experiments, Design and Analysis of Experiments, by Douglas C. Montgomery.

Minitab is a general-purpose statistical software package that has good data analysis capabilities and handles the analysis of experiments with both fixed and random factors (including the mixed model) quite nicely. In addition, Minitab has many capabilities for construction and evaluation of designs, and extensive analysis features.

The Minitab Companion provides an introduction to using Minitab for design of experiments.  It shows all of the necessary steps in Minitab to complete the examples in the textbook, Design and Analysis of Experiments, by Douglas C. Montgomery. In addition, the statistical output for the examples is shown to match the textbook.

The Minitab Companion will help readers to learn the basics of Minitab in terms of design of experiments. In using this Companion in conjunction with the textbook and Minitab, the user should begin to understand the basic structure for the data and to feel comfortable interfacing with the software.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 7 edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470169907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470169902
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Skip the book - use the online help August 2, 2011
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I bought this book for a graduate level Design of Experiments class. It was not on the course list, but I figured the book might give me a leg up in the class. (We used Montgomery's DOE textbook to which this is a companion.)

My recommendation would be to skip the book and invest an hour or two just playing with Minitab. It is a fairly simple program to use, and every single command window has a "help" button - and for the most part, the help is indeed useful, providing a thorough explanation, including not only a "how to" as well as the underlying theory or formula. If you screw up, Minitab's error windows will usually guide you in the right direction.

Over the course of the semester, I only referenced the book a couple of times, and in all the cases, I found a better answer either through Montgomery's textbook, poking around Minitab, or using Google.

If you are uncomfortable diving into a new piece of software, or you like having things explicitly spelled out for you, there might be some justification. But for the majority of cases, Montgomery's DOE book will probably suffice.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed! September 15, 2010
By Bill
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Disappointed! I'm in a Blackbelt class. My instructor favors Excel, but we have Minitab at work. My goal in purchasing this book was to determine how to use Minitab. One of the difficulties in using Minitab is how to configure the data. I had hoped to see how the author configures the data within the Minitab worksheet. Unfortunately the URL in the book, where the sample data is supposed to be stored, errors out and the Wiley site has the wrong data. Wiley refuses to fix the problem--I would think the author would enthusiastically cooperate, but I doubt they have taken the time to call him. I will check the Wiley site from time to time to see when and if the data is corrected. Until the data is fixed, this book is worthless for my purposes. Wiley trouble ticket number 100908-000196.
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1.0 out of 5 stars pointless December 27, 2012
This is little more than an answer key companion to the book - something that should be given in the textbook itself, but is an excuse to make you pay more money. If you can possibly get away without buying it do so as all you will get is just the final answer (no explanation of how to reach it) and a bunch of minitab output (that in most cases you could get yourself by just downloading the free minitab software). Pointless companion to a badly written book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Minitab only December 6, 2010
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I did not realize the softcover is not the actual text book but the minitab manual (I did not know what this was till the course started) The hardcover book (textbook) is a bit confusing but we used it as a textbook and after the prof explained, it was ok. Dont think I could've read and understood. Minitab isnt my choice of stat software, hence cannot comment about it.
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