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Complex Operational and Organizational Problems

Topic: Experimental Design

Dr. Dean S. Hartley III

Experimental design is a classical operations research topic.  The object is to obtain the most information with the fewest experiments.

One of the techniques of operations research is the design of experiments to collect data for analysis. Various designs are available, such as fractional factorial, Latin hypercube, and response surface methodology (RSM). The purpose of these designs is to allow the identification of the factors (including interactions) that affect the results and to permit estimation of their influences. These methods assume that the controllable factors are actually controllable. Generally, these factors are actually controllable only within certain limits. Thus, the results may not be neat, orthogonal sets of independent data, but messy data.

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Year Client Project
1967 Deering Milliken Research Corp Support efforts to stick vinyl to nylon with statistical tools.
1978 Milliken Industrial Fabrics Create an experimental design for investigating a manufacturing process.

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Solving Complex Operational and Organizational Problems
Dr. Dean S. Hartley III, Principal