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Statistics for Experimenters - Second Edition

George Box, Stuart Hunter and Bill wrote what has become a classic text for experimenters in scientific and business circles, Statistics for Experimenters. More details on the book.
Order your copy of Statistics for Experimenters: Design, Innovation, and Discovery, 2nd Edition by George Box, Stuart Hunter and William G. Hunter, 2005. Updated by George Box and Stu Hunter, this new edition of Statistics for Experimenters adopts the same approaches as the landmark First Edition by teaching with examples, readily understood graphics, and the appropriate use of computers.

William G. Hunter: An Innovator and Catalyst for Quality Improvement by George Box.

Bill founded the ASQC Statistics division. The division presents the Hunter Award to recognize accomplishments in the development and creative application of statistics in problem solving. Previous award recipients include: Tom Nolan, Ronald Snee, Brian Joiner, Bill Hill and Roger Hoerl. Spring 1988 newsletter - Bill Hunter in Memoriam

Read: Doing More With Less in the Public Sector: A Progress Report from Madison, Wisconsin by William G. Hunter, Jan O'Neill, and Carol Wallen, June 1986 (new quality improvement ideas can help public officials combat the effects of decreasing budgets just as they help private businesses increase productivity) and Quality in the Community: One City's Experience, by George Box, Laurel W. Joiner, Sue Rohan and F. Joseph Sensenbrenner, June 1989. The reports highlight the early evolution of the Quality movement in Madison, Wisconsin and the role of the Madison Area Quality Improvement Network.

George Box and Bill co-founded the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985. The Center used to develop, advance and communicate quality improvement methods and ideas. Sadly the Center lives on in name only.

Bill was a leader in the effort to adopt the Deming system of Profound Knowledge and related ideas in the Public Sector (He contributed pages 245-7 to Deming's Out of the Crisis; relating how the City of Madison applied Deming's ideas to a public sector organization). The ASQ Government Division grew from his, and others, efforts.

The Annual Hunter Conference on Quality, was named in his honor and run by The Madison Area Quality Improvement Network (MAQIN) from 1987 to 2006.


Selected Articles by William G. Hunter

  • Managing Our Way to Economic Success: Two Untapped Resources, February 1986. American organizations could compete much better at home and abroad if they would learn to tap the potential information inherent in all processes and the creativity inherent in all employees.
  • "Building a Quality Movement," with E. Chacko, August, 1972, Quality Progress.
  • "101 Ways to Design an Experiment, or Some Ideas About Teaching Design of Experiments, " 1975, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • The Next 25 Years in Statistics, by William J. Hill and William G. Hunter (with contributions by Joseph W. Duncan, A. Blanton Godfrey, Brian L. Joiner, Gary C. McDonald, Charles G. Pfeifer, Donald W. Marquardt, and Ronald D. Snee), February 1986. A transformation of the American style of management has already begun; in order for it to succeed, statisticians must assume a leadership role. Publication(s): Chance, 1990, No. 1, pp. 38-39.
  • "Statistics, Science, Law and the Environment," 1983, The American Statistician.
  • Studies in Quality Improvement: Designing Environmental Regulations, by Soren Bisgaard and William G. Hunter, February 1986. There is a surprising similarity between what SPC provides for industries and the need for constructing sensitive, reliable standards for environmental regulations. Publication(s): US EPA-230-03-047 publication, Paul I. Feder (ed.), Washington, DC, (1987), pp. 41-53.
  • Doing More With Less in the Public Sector: A Progress Report from Madison, Wisconsin by William G. Hunter, Jan O'Neill, and Carol Wallen, June 1986.
  • "Enthalpy-Entropy Compensation Effect: a Statistical Interpretation," 1976, Nature.
  • "A Review of Experiments to Increase Research Efficiency: a Literature Survey" with W. Hill, 1966, Technometrics.
  • A Useful Method for Model-Building, with G.E.P. Box, 1962, Technometrics.
  • A Useful Method for Model-Building II with Andresej Jaworski, 1986. (report #9)

More articles, by him, and documents available online which reference his work.

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