STAT 5303: Designing Experiments
Spring Semester 2017
Here is the course information handout.
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Some good news and some bad news:
The bad news is that the textbook is out of print so it is not readily available from bookstores, although you may find a used copy somewhere.
The good news is that the author (Prof. Oehlert) has generously made the book available as a no-cost download. Go to
for links to the PDF file for the book itself and datafiles for examples and exercises from that book.
You can also buy a hard copy version of that PDF file from Paradigm Copies.
Assignment #5 (due Friday, February 24):
E8.1, E8.2, P8.4, P8.5
Add E10.4 and P10.7 to this assignment.
Assignment #4 (due Friday, February 17):
E7.1, E7.2, E7.3, E7.4, E7.5.
Assignment #3 (due Friday, February 10):
Assignment #2 (due Friday, February 3):
Assignment #1 (due Friday, January 27):
P3.1 (For this problem don't do the analysis---just identify the experimental units and the treatments.)
These handouts (written by Prof. Oehlert) demonstrate using R to work through examples; many are from the text but there are additional examples.
As you work through them, remember you want to see both
(1) how to get the computer to perform certain tasks for you, and
(2) why you want the computer to do those tasks.
In other words, you should learn something about the underlying statistical concepts in addition to learning how to use the computer.
Here is a handout with examples showing how to use R to perform randomization tests.
This R handout uses the resin lifetime data set (Example 3.2 in the text) to demonstrate analysis of a completely randomized design, and also discusses dose-response polynomial modeling.
Our analysis procedures depend on certain assumptions. Some violations of those assumptions are not too serious, but others can cause problems.
This handout discusses how you can detect problems and what you can do about them.
This handout shows how to use R to find power and sample size for the ANOVA F test.
This handout shows how to use R to analyze data from experiments where the treatments are combinations of factors at various levels.
R can also deal with two-series factorials.
Here is a random effects handout. The R command we will use for these models is lmer() (pronounced "elmer") which is part of the "lme4" package. We will also use some functions from the Stat5303 package to perform additional analyses after running lmer().
Here are data files for the calves and resistors examples discussed in the random effects handout.
Basic R information
We will use R.
Here is an introduction to R.
You may download R for Macintosh, Windows, and Linux from the
R package Stat5303
We will use Prof. Oehlert's R package called Stat5303, which
adds some extra commands that we will need.
The current version of this package is here.
You will need to download and install two packages, but they will require several other packages, too, so it may take a while. Fortunately, you only need to do that once.
Then each time you start R you will need to use
to make the extra commands available in that R session.
This is as much a list of what the project is not as it is a list of what it is.
- There is more information in the text---see chapter 20.
- The project involves a designed experiment, not an observational study or a survey.
- You need to clearly identify experimental units and treatments and, if appropriate, blocking factors and measurement units.
- Describe how you use randomization in your experiment.
- You should analyze the data using methods we have covered in this course, such as ANOVA for a continuous response.
- Remember that we've studied comparative experiments, so you probably want to examine differences between treatments.
- No human subjects, nor anything else that would require review board approval.
- You need to propose a question, plan an experiment to answer that question, perform that experiment, collect and analyze the data, and write a final report covering all of that.
- Remember to include in both the proposal and the final report enough background information so someone who is not trained in your area of expertise can understand what you're trying to do and why someone would want to do it.
- This has to be a new experiment; you cannot just take some old data from work you did before and reanalyze that.
- This is to be an actual experiment, and not just a computer simulation.
- The proposal is not like a contract, but it needs to be specific enough so I can tell tell if what you're planning fits within these guidelines.
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