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The theory of the design of experiments. (English) Zbl 1009.62061
Monographs on Statistics and Applied Probability. 86. Boca Raton, FL: Chapman & Hall/CRC. 323 p. (2000).
Publisher’s description: Why study the theory of experiment design? Although it can be useful to know about special designs for specific purposes, experience suggests that a particular design can rarely be used directly. It needs adaptation to accommodate the circumstances of the experiment. Successful designs depend upon adapting general theoretical principles to the special constraints of individual applications.
Written for a general audience of researchers across the range of experimental disciplines, this book presents the major topics associated with experiment design, focusing on the key concepts and the statistical structure of those concepts. The authors keep the level of mathematics elementary, for the most part, and downplay methods of data analysis. Their emphasis is firmly on design, but appendices offer self-contained reviews of algebra and some standard methods of analysis. From their development in association with agricultural field trials, through their adaptation to the physical sciences, industry, and medicine, the statistical aspects of design of experiments have become well refined. In statistics courses of study, however, the design of experiments very often receives much less emphasis than methods of analysis. This volume fills this potential gap in the education of practicing statisticians, statistics students, and researchers in all fields.

62Kxx Design of statistical experiments
62-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to statistics