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Staggered designs for experiments with more than one hard-to-change factor

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  • ARNOUTS, Heidi
  • GOOS, Peter

In many industrial experiments, some of the factors are not independently reset for each run. This is due to time and/or cost constraints and to the hard-to-change nature of these factors. Most of the literature restricts the attention to split-plot designs in which all the hard-to-change factors are independently reset at the same points in time. This constraint is to some extent relaxed in split-split-plot designs because these require the least hard-to-change factors to be reset more often than the most hard-to-change factors. A key feature of the split-split-plot designs, however, is that the least hard-to-change factors are reset whenever the most hard to change factors are reset. In this article, we relax this constraint and present a new type of design which allows the hard-to-change factor levels to be reset at entirely different points in time. We show that the new designs are cost-efficient and that they outperform split-plot and split-split-plot designs in terms of statistical efficiency. Because of the fact that the hard-to-change factors are independently reset alternatingly, an appropriate name for the new design is staggered design.

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Paper provided by University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2008018.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2008
Handle: RePEc:ant:wpaper:2008018
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  1. D. R. Bingham & E. D. Schoen & R. R. Sitter, 2004. "Designing fractional factorial split-plot experiments with few whole-plot factors," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series C, Royal Statistical Society, vol. 53(2), pages 325-339.
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