Tips and Techniques for Statistics and Quality Improvement

Blog posts and articles about using Minitab software in quality improvement projects, research, and more.

Every March in the United States is Women's History Month. We honor and commemorate women who were pioneering, resilient and influential. As the world addresses a pandemic, there’s no doubt this is very different from prior years.

In that spirit, we're taking time to showcase a few of many women in our field who prevailed in the face of adversity and made a major impact.

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This Saturday is Leap Day, so some lucky 39-year-olds on the verge of 40 get to say they're only 10! What's the easiest way to determine the probability of being born on a certain day, like February 29? It's to assume every day of the year has an equal probability of being a birthday. But ... no surprise here ... the numbers actually disagree! 

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Here are some of the cute dogs in our Minitab team; pictured above from left to right is Archer, Jake, Archie, Reed, Petey and Rookie. Picture below is Birdie and King.It's Valentine's Day! Whether you're single, in a relationship, married, or something in between, Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate and share messages of affection and love with partners, family, friends and pets. And with the average for spending...

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Although a polar vortex hit most of the northern United States last week, thousands of visitors did converge on Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania this past Saturday to see if their famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil would see his shadow.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! You might have found yourself thinking about four-leaf clovers and trying to find one yourself lately. According to Irish tradition, those who find a four-leaf clover are destined for good luck, as each leaf in the clover symbolizes good omens for faith, hope, love, and luck for the finder.

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Each year Santa’s Elves have to take all the information provided by family, friends and teachers to determine if all the children of the world have been “Naughty” or “Nice.” This is no small task, as according to the website www.santafaqs.com Santa delivers over 5 billion presents per year.

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by Matthew Barsalou, guest blogger

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Planning on giving a bag of M&M's to your sweetie this Valentine's Day? Well, you can woo your Valentine with not only the gift of candy, but also the statistics behind those candy-coated chocolate pieces.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the time for holiday bakers and cookie monsters to unite! So what’s a quality improvement professional to do when his favorite sugar cookie recipe produced cookies that failed to hold their festive holiday shapes after being baked? Run a Design of Experiment (DOE), of course!

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I have a birthday coming up, and wanted to share a wealth of statistics about birthdays that you may find entertaining.

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