by Matthew Barsalou, guest blogger
At the end of
the first part of this story, a group of evil trouble-making
chickens had convinced all of their fellow chickens to march
on the walled city of Wetzlar, where, said the evil chickens, they
all would be much happier than they were on the farm. The chickens marched through the night and arrived at Wetzlar on
the Lahn as the sun came up. “Let us in!”... Continue Reading
by Matthew Barsalou, guest blogger
Once upon a time, in the Kingdom of Wetzlar, there was a farm
with over a thousand chickens, two pigs, and a cow. The chickens
were well treated, but a few rabble-rousers among them got the rest
of the chickens worked up. These trouble-making chickens
looked almost like the other chickens, but in fact they
were evil chickens.
By HerbertT -
Eigenproduktion, CC... Continue Reading
may not be a situation more perilous than being a character on
Game of Thrones. Warden of the North, Hand of
the King, and apparent protagonist of the entire series? Off with
your head before the end of the first season! Last male heir of a
royal bloodline? Here, have a pot of molten gold poured on your
head! Invited to a wedding? Well, you probably know what happens at
weddings in the show. ... Continue Reading
The two previous posts in this series focused on manipulating
data using Minitab’s
calculator and the
this third and final post, we continue to explore helpful features
for working with text data and will focus on some features in
Minitab’s Editor menu.
Using the Editor Menu
Editor menu is unique in that the options displayed
depend on what is currently active (worksheet, graph,... Continue Reading
My previous post focused on
manipulating text data using Minitab’s calculator.
In this post we continue to explore some of the useful tools for
working with text data, and here we’ll focus on Minitab’s Data
menu. This is the second in a 3-part series, and in the final post
we’ll look at the new features in Minitab’s Editor menu.
Using the Data Menu
When I think of the Data menu, I think... Continue Reading
With Minitab, it’s easy to create graphs and manage numeric,
date/time and text data. But Minitab’s enhanced data manipulation
features make it easier to work with text data, too.
is the first of three posts in which I'm going to focus on various
tools in Minitab that are useful when working with text data,
including the Calculator, the Data menu, and the Editor menu.
Using the Calculator
You... Continue Reading
One highlight of writing for and editing the Minitab Blog is the
opportunity to read your responses and answer your questions.
Sometimes, to my chagrin, you point out that we've made a mistake.
However, I'm particularly grateful for those comments, because it
permits us to correct inadvertent errors.
feared I had an opportunity to fix just such an error when I saw
this comment appear on one of... Continue Reading
shopping. For some, it's the most dreaded household activity. For
others, it's fun, or perhaps just a “necessary evil.”
Personally, I enjoy it! My co-worker, Ginger, a content manager
here at Minitab, opened my eyes to something that made me love
grocery shopping even more: she shared the data behind her family’s
shopping trips. Being something of a data nerd, I really geeked out
over the... Continue Reading
n' begorrah, it's St. Patrick's Day today!
The day that we Americans lay claim to our Irish heritage by
doing all sorts of things that Irish people never do. Like dye your
hair green. Or tell everyone what percentage Irish you are.
Despite my given name, I'm only about 15% Irish. So my Irish
portion weighs about 25 pounds. It could be the portion that hangs
over my belt due to excess potatoes... Continue Reading
can be a tricky thing. Consider trying to predict the number rolled
by 2 six-sided dice. We know that 7 is the most likely outcome. We
know the exact probability each number has of being rolled. If we
rolled the dice 100 times, we could calculate the expected value
for the number of times each value would be rolled. However, even
with all that information, we can't definitively predict... Continue Reading
many, my introduction to 17th-century French philosophy came at the
tender age of 3+. For that is when I discovered the
Etch-a-Sketch®, an entertaining ode to Descartes' coordinate plane.
Little did I know that the seemingly idle hours I spent doodling
on my Etch-a-Sketch would prove to be excellent training for the
feat that I attempt today: plotting an Empirical Cumulative
Distribution... Continue Reading
now I’m enjoying my daily dose of morning joe. As the steam rises
off the cup, the dark rich liquid triggers a powerful enzyme
cascade that jump-starts my brain and central nervous system,
delivering potent glints of perspicacity into the dark crevices of
my still-dormant consciousness.
Feels good, yeah! But is it good for me? Let’s see what the
Drinking more than 4 cups of coffee... Continue Reading
As a person who loves baking (and eating) cakes, I find it
bothersome to go through all the effort of baking a cake when the
end result is too dry for my taste. For that reason, I decided to
use a designed experiment in Minitab to help me reduce the moisture
loss in baked chocolate cakes, and find the optimal settings of my
input factors to produce a moist baked chocolate cake. I’ll share
the... Continue Reading
by Matthew Barsalou, guest
The old saying “if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and
looks like a duck, then it must be a duck” may be appropriate in
bird watching; however, the same idea can’t be applied when
observing a statistical distribution. The dedicated ornithologist
is often armed with binoculars and a field guide to the local birds
and this should be sufficient. A... Continue Reading
you ever wonder why statistical analyses and concepts often have
such weird, cryptic names?
One conspiracy theory points to the workings of a secret
committee called the ICSSNN. The International Committee for
Sadistic Statistical Nomenclature and Numerophobia was formed
solely to befuddle and subjugate the masses. Its mission: To select
the most awkward, obscure, and confusing name possible... Continue Reading
T'was the season for toys recently, and Christmas day found me
playing around with a classic, the Etch-a-Sketch. As I noodled with
the knobs, I had a sudden flash of recognition: my drawing reminded
me of the Empirical CDF Plot in Minitab Statistical Software. Did you just ask,
"What's a CDF plot? And what's so empirical about it?" Both very
good questions. Let's start with the first, and we'll... Continue Reading
While there are many graph options available in
Minitab’s Graph menu, there is no direct option to
generate a waterfall chart. This type of graph helps visualize the
cumulative effect of sequentially introducing positive or negative
In this post, I’ll show you the steps to follow to make Minitab
display a waterfall chart even without a "waterfall chart" tool. If
you don’t already have... Continue Reading
by Matthew Barsalou, guest blogger
The great Dr. Seuss tells of Mr. Plunger, who is the custodian
at Diffendoofer School on the corner of Dinkzoober and Dinzott in
the town of Dinkerville. The good Mr. Plunger “keeps the whole school clean” using a
Unfortunately, Dr. Seuss fails to tell us where the
supper-zooper-flooper-do came from and if the production process
was... Continue Reading
In week 16 of the 2016 NFL season, the Cleveland Browns were
able to avoid going into the history books as only the second team
to finish the season 0-16. They claimed their first and only win of
the season after San Diego missed a last-second field goal. While
they came very close to going winless, the statistics paint a very
different picture of the odds of that occurrence.
Going 0-16 is hard.
Usi... Continue Reading
Minitab is the leading provider of software and services for quality
improvement and statistics education. More than 90% of Fortune 100 companies
use Minitab Statistical Software, our flagship product, and more students
worldwide have used Minitab to learn statistics than any other package.
Minitab Inc. is a privately owned company headquartered in State College,
Pennsylvania, with subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, France, and
Australia. Our global network of representatives serves more than 40
countries around the world.