Statistics with Minitab (incl. Capability Analysis)

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IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO UTILISE SAMPLE DATA WITHOUT STATISTICS. Much time and effort is devoted to the collection of data in industry, for example; quality control measurements, data collected for validation of manufacturing processes, incoming and out... Read More

IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO UTILISE SAMPLE DATA WITHOUT STATISTICS. Much time and effort is devoted to the collection of data in industry, for example; quality control measurements, data collected for validation of manufacturing processes, incoming and outgoing inspection data, data produced in the development of products in R&D, etc. It is not possible to get value from this data without using statistics.  Many people who do actually use statistical tools such as Statistical Process Control, Design of Experiments, sampling standards, gauge R&R, and other applications don’t understand the underlying statistics.  This course is intended to provide that essential understanding so that people will choose the appropriate statistical tools for data analysis and understand the outcome of the analysis.

There are several brands of reasonably priced computer statistical software packages available to assist in the application of statistics, and most people with a reasonable background in maths (example, pass leaving certificate level) can be readily trained to use this software so as to utilise data for continual process improvement, and better decision making.

Minitab software will be used throughout the training course.  Delegates will be trained to use both the main menus and the Assistant in Minitab to undertake the analysis that will be met in the Programme set out below.  Where the course is presented in-company the programme can be modified to include specific statistical applications.


What's covered?

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Day 1

  • Outline of the applications of statistics such as Statistical Process Control, Design of Experiments, Sampling, and the relationship with the underlying statistics.
  • Explanation of how statistics are used to obtain valuable information on processes from sample data
  • Description of statistical terms including population, parameter, random sample, expected value
  • Types of data – continuous (variables) and discrete (attributes) data
  • Construction of a histogram and explanation of the meaning of frequency distributions, cumulative frequency distributions, measures of dispersion and central tendency
  • Graphical methods – box-and-whisker plots, scatter plots
  • The normal distribution – testing for normality – Anderson Darling and Ryan Joiner tests
  • Normal and Weibull probability plots
  • Dealing with non-normal data – Box-Cox and Johnson transformation, distribution fitting using Weibull, Smallest Extreme Value, Largest Extreme Value, etc.
  • Capability analysis – CPk/Ppk and percent out of specification


Day 2

  • Central limit theorem and sampling distribution of the mean
  • Control charts for variables
  • Explanation of the role of control charts in capability analysis and explanation of why there is a difference between Cpk and Ppk
  • Calculation of the confidence interval for the mean in variables and attribute data.
  • Commencement of Hypothesis testing – tests for means, variances and proportions – Z-test, t-test, 2-sample t-test, Paired test, F-test, meaning of significance level


Day 3

  • Hypothesis testing continued from day 2
  • Meaning of the P-value in hypothesis testing and how the rules for assessing P are derived
  • Analysis of variance (ANOVA) – analysis of a designed experiment illustrating the ANOVA – using Tukey’s pairwise multiple-sample comparison to compare population means

Who should attend?

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  • Engineers, technicians, laboratory, R&D, and scientific staff
  • All personnel involved in quality control
  • All personnel who have a role in analyzing and understanding manufacturing and business data
  • Inspection staff
  • Personnel who use process improvement techniques in their work
  • People planning to attend Six Sigma Black Belt training courses
  • People studying for MBA’s and other examinations involving statistics

A prior knowledge of statistics is not required, but participants should have an understanding of mathematical principles; for example, Leaving Certificate maths.

What will I learn?

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Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • Undertake statistical analysis using Minitab software
  • Select appropriate statistical tests such as two-sample t, F-test, ANOVA, etc. for comparing data means and variances
  • Calculate and interpret confidence intervals on population parameters
  • Model data using regression analysis

Who are the tutors?

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How do we train and support you?

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In-House Courses
For In-House courses the tutor will contact you in advance to discuss the course programme in more detail in order to tailor it specifically for your organisation.



Course Manual
Delegates will receive a very comprehensive course manual written by the course tutor.  The manual incorporates many exercises that the participants will complete during the training course, and these worked examples, along with the relevant graphical material, will serve as a useful reference when the participants return to their workplace.

What software do we use?

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Minitab will be demonstrated as part of the training so if delegates are in a position to bring along a laptop with Minitab 16 or Minitab 17 pre-loaded (free 30 day trial of Minitab 17 available on they can utilise this during the training.  If delegates don’t have a laptop, they will still benefit greatly from the programme.

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3 training days
Course Times
9.00am - 5.00pm

(includes course documentation, lunch and refreshments)

Delivery Mode
This programme is available In-House and on certain Public dates

What They SayWhat They Say

Attained an understanding of a very complex subject quite easily due to the manner of the course delivery

– John Quilter, Quality Engineer, Vistakon

Statistics with Minitab (incl. Capability Analysis)

Duration: 3 daysPublic Price: €1,150