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, The Theory of the Design of Experiments 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 the 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. The Theory of the Design of Experiments fills this potential gap in the education of practicing statisticians, statistics students, and researchers in all fields.
Table of Contents
SOME GENERAL CONCEPTS
Types of Investigation
Some Key Terms
Requirements in Design
Interplay between Design and Analysis
Key Steps in Design
A Simplified Model
A Broader View
AVOIDANCE OF BIAS
Retrospective Adjustment for Bias
Some More on Randomization
More on Causality
CONTROL OF HAPHAZARD VARIATION
Precision Improvement by Blocking
Randomized Block Design
Partitioning Sums of Squares
Retrospective Adjustment for Improving Precision
Special Models of Error Variation
SPECIALIZED BLOCKING TECHNIQUES
Incomplete Block Designs
FACTORIAL EXPERIMENTS: BASIC IDEAS
Main Effects and Interactions
Two-Level Factorial Systems
FACTORIAL EXPERIMENTS: FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS
Confounding in 2k Designs
Other Factorial Systems
Split Plot Designs
Designs for Quantitative Factors
Some Simple Examples
Some General Theory
Other Optimality Criteria
Algorithms for Design Construction
Optimality of Traditional Designs
SOME ADDITIONAL TOPICS
Scale of Effort
Sequential Regression Design
Designs for One-Dimensional Error Structure
APPENDIX A: Statistical Analysis
APPENDIX B: Some Algebra
APPENDIX C: Computational Issues
Each chapter also contains Bibliographic Notes plus Further Results and Exercises
"As the very antithesis of all those downmarket cookbooks of experimental design, this monograph is to be welcomed."
-D. A. Preece, Biometrics, March 2001
"This long awaited book is in the spirit of the classic introductory text by D. R. Cox … a compact and insightful presentation of an unusually wide range of design areas important for industrial and agricultural experiments, and clinical trials … The book will be particularly useful for statisticians who want to learn about design theory linked to practical problems, and for advanced undergraduate and post-graduate students … This approach enables a clear presentation of key ideas in the main areas of design, and gives an interesting and enjoyable read."
Short Book Reviews, Volume 20, No. 3, December 2000
"Intended for anyone concerned with the theoretical issues in the design of experiments, this well-organized book of 224 pages (8 chapters) of text and 74 pages of appendixes provides a clear account of the major topics in the area... In summary, this book is an excellent addition to the literature. It can serve as a cornerstone in a graduate student's exploration in the theoretical aspects of experimental design and is a valuable reference for statisticians working in medicine, agriculture, the physical sciences, and other areas of biometry and industry."
-Technometrics, Vol. 43, No. 4, November 2001
"…This approach is a refreshing change from the many contemporary expository books on statistical study design…this carefully written and concise book with its large, well-selected collection of references will be a useful addition to the library of any serious statistician."
-Statistics in Medicine, Vol. 21, 2002