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Lean Six Sigma and Statistical Tools for Engineers and Engineering Managers by Xuru Ding, Wei Zhan

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CHAPTER 5

Excel, MATLAB, Minitab, and other simulation tools

As we have learned in Chapter 4, Lean Six Sigma projects use statistical analysis tools extensively. Most projects have data that are more than what we want to handle with paper and pencil. Fortunately, there are quite a few software packages that are inexpensive and easy to learn and can help us analyze data. In this chapter, we will focus on three software packages: Excel, MATLAB [1, 2], and Minitab [37]. R will be briefly discussed due its free availability [8]. Excel is probably the most accessible among all the statistical analysis tools. While not obvious to most, Excel is extremely capable of performing statistical analysis. MATLAB is not necessarily low in price, but it deserves ...

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