Oct 24th 2016

Experimentation for Improvement (Coursera)

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We are always using experiments to improve our lives, our community, and our work. Are you doing it efficiently? Or are you (incorrectly) changing one thing at a time and hoping for the best? In this course, you will learn how to plan efficient experiments - testing with many variables. Our goal is to find the best results using only a few experiments. A key part of the course is how to optimize a system.

We use simple tools: starting with fast hand calculations, then we show how to use FREE software.

The course comes with slides, transcripts of all lectures, subtitles (English & Spanish; some Chinese and French), videos, audio files, source code, and a free textbook. You get to keep all of it, all freely downloadable.

This course is for anyone working in a company, or wanting to make changes to their life, their community, their neighbourhood. You don't need to be a statistician or scientist! There's something for everyone in here.


Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: Analysis of experiments by hand

Week 3: Using computer software to analyse experiments

Week 4: Getting more information, with fewer experiments

Week 5: Response surface methods (RSM) to optimize any system

Week 6: Wrap-up and future directions