Top 10 posts of 2013

Last year was a big year for this blog. We had monthly posts about influential statisticians as part of our celebration of the first-ever International Year of Statistics. We gave previews of  JMP 11 and, once the software was released, showed you how to make use of the new features […]

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Celebrating statisticians: Karl Pearson

In celebration of the International Year of Statistics, the final statistician we celebrate is Karl Pearson. His work in the late 19th and early 20th centuries laid the structure of mathematical statistics. Born March 27, 1857, in London, England, Pearson was raised in an upper-middle class family. He studied mathematics […]

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Celebrating statisticians: Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss

Statistics wouldn’t be what it is today without Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss, a German scientist. He was born April 30, 1777, in Braunschweig and died Feb. 21, 1855, in Göttingen. Born as the only son of a poor worker’s family with illiterate parents, he was a child prodigy. Luckily, teachers, […]

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Celebrating statisticians: William Sealy Gosset (a.k.a. Student)

To many of us, whether statistician or not, the name William Sealy Gosset may be unrecognizable. His pseudonym Student, however, reveals him as one of the most prominent statisticians in history. Student’s t-test is an important part of every introductory statistics course, making everyone from single-statistics-course students to those who […]

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Celebrating Statisticians: John W. Tukey

“Statistics is a science in my opinion, and it is no more a branch of mathematics than are physics, chemistry and economics;  for if its methods fail the test of experience – not the test of logic – they are discarded.”  - John Wilder Tukey “Box plot,” “stem and leaf plot,” […]

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Celebrating statisticians: W. Edwards Deming

As part of the International Year of Statistics, this month we celebrate the American statistician, consultant, author and a founding father of quality management, Dr. W. Edwards Deming. If you’ve taken a course in quality management, continuous improvement or industrial statistics, you’ve no doubt been introduced to Deming and his […]

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Celebrating statisticians: Walter Shewhart

The statistician we are celebrating for the month of July in this International Year of Statistics is known as the “father of statistical quality control”: Walter A. Shewhart. Birth/Death: Shewhart was born in New Canton, Illinois, on March 18, 1891. He died on March 11, 1967, in Troy Hills, New Jersey. […]

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Celebrating Statisticians: Thomas Bayes

JMP is celebrating the International Year of Statistics by honoring an influential statistician each month. This month we take a look at Thomas Bayes, a minister and mathematician whose name is literally attached to statistical inference. Very few details are known about Bayes, but his impact on statistics and science […]

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Box & Lucas: Designed experiments for nonlinear models

All this month, I'm writing about George E.P. Box, as part of the celebration of the International Year of Statistics. Last week, I wrote about Box-Behnken designs for fitting response surface models. In this post, I want to tell you about the paper Box wrote in 1959 with H. L. […]

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Celebrating George Box and Box-Behnken designs

As part of the International Year of Statistics, the JMP Blog is honoring influential statisticians each month. Professor George E.P. Box is the honoree for May. Last week, I wrote about on the first of his two-part paper with J. Stuart Hunter on the family of regular two-level fractional factorial […]

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