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Minitab® 17 Statistical Software Eliminates Fear of Data Analysis with Improved Assistant and New Tools

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Minitab 17 offers new features and other enhancements designed to facilitate statistical analysis and give quality improvement professionals a better understanding of their processes.

When using Minitab, you don’t need to be intimidated by the statistics.

Minitab Inc. today released Minitab® 17 Statistical Software, the latest version of the leading software used for quality improvement and statistical education.

Minitab 17 offers new features and other enhancements designed to facilitate statistical analysis and give quality improvement professionals a better understanding of their processes. In particular, it extends the reach of the Assistant, a feature that guides users through their analysis and helps them interpret their results.

“When using Minitab, you don’t need to be intimidated by the statistics,” says Michelle Paret, Product Marketing Manager. “Even if you don’t have any knowledge of statistics, you can be sure that you are analyzing your data appropriately using the Assistant.

“When we introduced the Assistant in Minitab 16, customers told us how useful it was and gave us great ideas for making it even better,” she says. “We have incorporated many of these suggestions into our latest release. “

The Minitab 17 Assistant includes two new analyzes: design of experiments (DOE) and multiple regression. It also includes significant improvements to graphical analysis and improvements to statistics already covered, including analysis of measurement systems, capacity analysis, hypothesis testing, and control charts.

Minitab 17 also introduces powerful new tools for regression analysis and analysis of variance (ANOVA). A new interface allows users to quickly specify predictor variables, and automatic model selection makes it easier to identify important variables. A wider range of graphing options provides more ways to visually explore the results, while the Response Optimizer makes it easy to find the optimal settings for process variables.

Minitab 17 also introduces enhanced DOE capabilities to help users more effectively determine the factors and interactions affecting their processes. The response optimizer can be applied to general factorial designs in Minitab 17, and response surface designs can include categorical factors. Additionally, automatic model selection is available for factorial and response surface designs.

Other new features in Minitab 17 include:

– Bubble chart

– Poisson regression

– Outlier tests

– Tolerance intervals

– Stability studies

– Equivalence tests

– Updated graphics

Minitab 17 is also the company’s first software to be released in Portuguese. “Every part of the software has been translated, from the statistics and interface to the wizard and all of the help content,” notes Paret.

Because it has been adopted by companies around the world, Minitab 17 is also available in English, French, German, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Documentation is available in several other languages.

Minitab Inc. is one of the world’s leading developers of statistical and process improvement software. Thousands of companies around the world use Minitab to analyze data for quality improvement programs. More than 4,000 colleges and universities use Minitab for teaching and research.

Minitab 17 is the latest example of the company’s efforts to provide the best quality improvement tools. A free, fully functional 30-day trial version is available at http://www.minitab.com.

The company’s other products for quality practitioners include:

– Quality Trainer by Minitab®, an online course that teaches quality improvement statistics and how to use Minitab Statistical Software.

– Qeystone®, a project portfolio management platform designed to manage the entire Lean Six Sigma deployment of an organization.

– Quality Companion by Minitab®, process improvement software for the execution of quality improvement projects.

Minitab products are backed by exceptional service, including free training and technical support.

Based in State College, Pennsylvania, Minitab Inc. has offices in the UK, France and Australia and has additional representatives around the world.

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