Stat 507 - Experimental Design

Instructor: Chris Williams, Room 414 Brink Hall Phone: 885-2802 or 885-2929

Meeting times: MWF 12:30-1:20 TLC 249

Prerequisites: Stat 431 or equivalent coursework.

Office Hours: MWF 1:30-2:20 or by appointment.


Texts: Design of Experiments: Statistical Principles of Research Design and Analysis (second edition) - Robert O. Kuehl


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Objectives: Define quantitatively the most efficient ways to obtain knowledge from experiments with differing constraints for plot size, number of treatments, classes of experimental objectives and blocking procedures in terms of the general linear model. Develop a quantitative, defensible strategy for experimentation.

Lecture Outline - We will cover most of the material in the text, to be detailed in the lecture schedule.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Be able to distinguish between common experimental designs such as Completely Randomized, Randomized Block, Completely Randomized Factorial, Latin Square, Confounded Block Designs, Fractional Factorial Designs, Repeated Measures Designs, Split-Plot and related designs, and Analysis of Covariance Designs.
2. Understand the issues involved in choosing between common experimental designs.
3. Be able to analyze data arising from common experimental designs.
4. Understand the use of response surface methods to identify important factors and settings for those factors to yield optimal responses.

We will primarily use the SAS computer package, but we will usually also have R code available. We will use Blackboard discussions as an additional way to give comments and ask questions.

Grading: Exams are 90% of the grade, the project is 10% of the grade. There will be five exams. Three of them (second, fourth, and fifth) have both take-home and in-class parts, while the other two (first and third) are take-home only. The final (fifth) exam is on Tuesday, December 12 at 12:30 pm. The value of each exam is 13%, 24%, 14%, 24%, and 15%, respectively, toward the 90% total exam weight. Each exam will be preceded by a review session based on previously assigned homework problems.

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