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George E. P. Box


  • Evolutionary Operation: A Statistical Method for Process Improvement
    Evolutionary Operation (EVOP), is a simple but powerful statistical tool with wide application in business. What originally motivated the introduction of EVOP, was the idea that the widespread and daily use of simple statistical design and analysis during routine production by process operatives themselves could reap enormous additional rewards.

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  • Statistics for Discovery   view details
    This report explores why investigators in engineering and the physical sciences rarely use statistics. It is argued that statistics has been overly influenced by mathematical methods rather than the scientific method and consequently the subject has been greatly skewed towards testing rather than discovery.
  • Detecting Malfunctions in Dynamic Systems   view details
    Computer controls are increasingly being employed in systems ranging from simple to very complex. This report explores extending these computer systems to include monitoring schemes to detect malfunctions.
  • The Scientific Context of Quality Improvement   view details
    Scientific method is a key ingredient in the new philosophy of quality and productivity improvement. This paper provides an overview. A discussion of new ideas of how to design quality into products and processes is provided and Taguchi's work is evaluated.
  • Good Quality Costs Less? How Come?   view details
    It is sometimes supposed that the manufacture of high quality goods must be expensive. The reasons why this need not be so and why quality should cost less are discussed. Publication: Quality Engineering, 1990-91, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 85-90.

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Author Quotes

  • All Models Are Wrong But Some Are Useful

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    Robustness in Statistics

  • Management must provide employees with tools that will enable them to do their jobs better, and with encouragement to use these tools. In particular, they must collect data.

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    The Scientific Context of Quality Improvement

  • Every process generates information that can be used to improve it.

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    George Box Webcast on Statistical Design in Quality Improvement

  • The only way to find out what will happen when a complex system is disturbed is to disturb the system, not merely to observe it passively.

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    Data Analysis and Regression: A Second Course in Statistics

  • Acceleration of knowledge generation also emphasizes the need for life long education. The trained teacher, scientist or engineer can no longer regard what they have learned at the university as supplying their needs for the rest of their lives.

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    Total Quality: Its Origins and its Future

  • The quality revolution is nothing more, or less, than the dramatic expansion of scientific problem solving using informed observation and directed experimentation to find out more about the process, the product and the customer.

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    The Art of Discovery

  • What's the collective noun for a group of statisticians?

    "A quarrel"

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    The Theory that Would Not Die

  • Statisticians, like artists, have the bad habit of falling in love with their models.

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  • The researcher hoping to break new ground in the theory of experimental design should involve himself in the design of actual experiments. The investigator who hopes to revolutionize decision theory should observe and take part in the making of important decisions.

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  • For the theory-practice iteration to work, the scientist must be, as it were, mentally ambidextrous; fascinated equally on the one hand by possible meanings, theories, and tentative models to be induced from data and the practical reality of the real world, and on the other with the factual implications deducible from tentative theories, models and hypotheses.

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  • Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement
    Founded in 1985 by George E.P. Box and the William Hunter at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. The technical report series is one of the best online management resources with reports authors including: George Box, W. Edwards Deming, Peter Scholtes, Kaoru Ishikawa, William Hunter, Gipsie Ranney and Brian Joiner. Sadly the center has abandoned the ideas of George Box and Bill Hunter. It once was a very important center for thought about management improvement. The legacy left by Box and Hunter has been lost. I find this very sad and a huge insult to the memories of those great men. Bill Hunter was my father and built the Center after he was diagnosed with fatal cancer because it was a useful way to provide benefit to the world. Seeing that cause abandoned I find insulting and extremely unfortunate for all those that no longer have the possibility of benefiting from the vision of Box and Hunter through the center. Thankfully many people that learned from them have continued to build upon their work. And their books, writing and other material continue to inspire those interested in management improvement.
  • Statistics for Experimenters
    Web site for the classic book on design of experiments. Includes a search engine for statistics sites for managers.

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