McMaster University
Experimentation for Improvement
McMaster University

Experimentation for Improvement

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Kevin Dunn

Instructor: Kevin Dunn


(907 reviews)

Intermediate level
Some related experience required
13 hours to complete
3 weeks at 4 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

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There are 6 modules in this course

We perform experiments all the time, so let's learn some terminology that we will use throughout the course. We show plenty of examples, and see how to analyze an experiment. We end by pointing out: "how not to run an experiment".

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5 videos1 reading2 quizzes

The focus is on manual calculations. Why? Because you have to understand the most basic building blocks of efficient experiments. We look at systems with 2 and 3 variables (factors). Don't worry; the computer will do the work in the next module.

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5 videos1 reading2 quizzes

Now we use free software to do the work for us. You can even run the software through a website (without installing anything special). We look at systems with 2, 3 and 4 factors. Most importantly we focus on the software interpretation.

What's included

5 videos1 reading2 quizzes

This is where the course gets tough and rough, but real. The quiz at the end if a tough one, so take it several times to be sure you have mastered the material - that's all that matters - understanding. We want to do as few experiments as possible, while still learning the most we can. Feel free to skip to module 5, which is the crucial learning from the whole course. You can come back here later. In module 4 we show how to do *practical* experiments that practitioners use everyday. We learn about important safeguards to ensure that we are not mislead by Mother Nature.

What's included

9 videos1 reading3 quizzes

This is the goal we've been working towards: how to optimize any system. We start gently. We optimize a system with 1 factor and we also show why optimizing one factor at a time is misleading. We spend several videos to show how to optimize a system with 2 variables.

What's included

8 videos1 reading4 quizzes

We close up the course and point out the next steps you might follow to extend what you have learned here.

What's included

1 video1 reading1 quiz


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4.8 (139 ratings)
Kevin Dunn
McMaster University
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