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Ryan McKenna
To date, this series focused on relatively simple data analyses, such as learning one summary statistic about our data at a time. In reality, we’re often interested in a slightly more sophisticated...
    For more than 40 years it has been common to use the precision to tolerance ratio (P/T ratio) to compare the standard deviation of measurement error with the specified tolerance for a particular product. The purpose of this comparison being an assessment of the utility of the measurement...
    In our last article, we discussed how to determine how many people drink pumpkin spice lattes in a given time period without learning their identifying information. But say, for example, you would like to know the total amount spent on pumpkin spice lattes this year, or the average price of a...
    In my article, “Tightened 100% Inspection” (Quality Digest, March 29, 2021), we found that the excess costs associated with tightened specification limits are generally prohibitive. Here we consider the question: “Under what conditions can we use tightened specifications without incurring...
    How many people drink pumpkin spice lattes in October, and how would you calculate this without learning specifically who is drinking them, and who is not? Although they seem simple or trivial, counting queries are used extremely often. Counting queries such as histograms can express many useful...

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