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5.2 NIST/SEMATECH On-line Engineering Statistics Handbook

Carroll Croarkin, James J.Filliben, William F.Guthrie, Alan Heckert
Statistical Engineering Division, ITL

Paul Tobias, Jack Prins, Chelli Zey

Barry Hembree

Patrick Spagon
Motorola University

The Statistical Engineering Division is in the final stages of a joint project with the Statistical Methods Group of SEMATECH to develop and publish an on-line handbook on statistical methods for scientists and engineers which provides modern statistical solutions to problems confronting U.S. industry, particularly the semiconductor industry, and the NIST laboratories. The graphic on the facing page is the homepage for the handbook showing chapters and links to other information.

The initial inspiration for the project started with the idea of updating NBS Handbook 91, Experimental Statistics, by Mary G. Natrella, and evolved to a document for browsing on the world wide web complete with supporting software.

The public domain software, Dataplot, developed at NIST by J. Filliben, is interfaced with the handbook and coupled with detailed case studies that lead the reader through statistical approaches to scientific problems and encourage analyses of their own data. Also, other statistical software packages, such as JMP, can easily be accessed from within the handbook.

Chapters on Measurement Process Characterization, Process/Product Comparisons and Reliability are complete. All other chapters are nearing completion.

Usability testing protocols, developed within the Visualization and Virtual Reality Group of ITL, provided a mechanism for getting feedback from engineers and scientists on the flow and navigability of the handbook at the Ultra Large Scale Integrated Circuit Conference at NIST in March, 1998 and at the SEMATECH Statistical Methods Group Symposium in April in Austin, TX.

In August, 1998, the handbook was featured at an invited contributed paper session, sponsored by the American Statistical Association at the Joint Statistical Meetings. C. Croarkin chaired the session and technical talks and demonstrations were given by J. Filliben, W. Guthrie, P. Tobias, J. Prins, P. Spagon, and B. Hembree.

An alpha version of the handbook will be released to the member companies of SEMATECH at the beginning of March. Current plans are for a beta version to be released to the public at the beginning of May and the final version to be released in August. The handbook is supported in part by the Systems Integration for Manufacturing project. the Systems Integration for Manufacturing project.

Figure 30: The main page of the handbook showing entry points to the text

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