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How to use the Engineering Statistics Handbook

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Statistical software used to analyze example data Software. Two software packages are used to analyze example data in the Handbook, Dataplot and R. Both packages are free and downloadable. Many links to actual Dataplot code and R code appear throughout the Handbook.
Download Dataplot and try the Handbook examples yourself Dataplot Software.Use Dataplot to analyze Handbook examples yourself. Many parts of the book feature case studies or short examples with computations from Dataplot. The Dataplot software can be downloaded from the Dataplot home page and installed on your system so you can run the software with sample data from the Handbook data or your own data. The full documentation for Dataplot is also accessible from the Dataplot home page.
Activate Dataplot from a case study Running Dataplot. Dataplot is configured to automatically activate when you click any hyperlink under 'Run this Example Yourself' from a Handbook case study - provided your Web browser has been set up to call up Dataplot. Dataplot then brings up a separate screen which is divided into four windows: 
  1. Upper left - Feedback and computational output
  2. Lower left - Dataplot commands as they are executed
  3. Upper right - Graphical output
  4. Lower right - Spreadsheet of data
At the bottom of the screen is a wide, rectangular window where you can enter Dataplot commands to be executed.

Once Dataplot is running it should be possible to click on the hyperlinks for each step in case study to continue the analysis without exiting the software.

To exit Dataplot when finished with an analysis, click on the Exit button on the menu bar.

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