What Level of Mathematics Do I Need for Six Sigma?
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October 18, 2020 at 12:10 pm #250515
Shafi Ulla KhanParticipant@shafi Include @shafi in your post and this person will
be notified via email.What level of mathematics is needed for six sigma?
0October 18, 2020 at 9:23 pm #250523
StrayerParticipant@Straydog Include @Straydog in your post and this person will
be notified via email.That’s probably the wrong question since most of the math itself is relatively simple. What you do need is statistics, which is a particular way of applying the math. That isn’t often taught in high school, or even college, unless you’re on a track for engineering, medicine, science, or some other field where statistical analysis is important. I recall taking my first six sigma training at a former employer and those in the class who hadn’t learned basic statistics really struggled. Take an introductory statistics course and you should be ready.
1October 20, 2020 at 8:17 pm #250538
Robert ButlerParticipant@rbutler Include @rbutler in your post and this person will
be notified via email.I agree with @Straydog – the issue is that of statistics. If we assume you have a mathematical background that includes algebra and if, for whatever reason,you can’t take a course in basic statistics then I would recommend working your way through the following books:
1. A Cartoon Guide to Statistics – Gonick and Smith – I’ve recommended this book to a number of my engineers over the years. It is a well written book and it does a good job of highlighting and explaining many of the basic statistical concepts.
Given that you have an understanding of algebra I would recommend you learn the basic principles of leastsquares regression. The best short description I know can be found on pages 830 of Applied Regression Analysis, 2nd Edition – Draper and Smith. If you can borrow this book through interlibrary loan you could copy these pages for future reference.
Once you understand the basic idea of simple regression I would recommend you get a copy of
2. Regression Analysis by Example – Chatterjee and Price
and work your way through that book.
The third book I would recommend would be
3. Statistical Methods – Snedecor and Cochran – whatever the latest edition might be
This book is statistical boilerplate – it is written in the form of ifyouwanttodothisthenyouwillhavetorunthat.
You don’t have to read all of #3 but it is a good basic howto book for a lot of statistical techniques. It takes the time to give the reader an understanding of what the methods do and why you might want to use them.
1October 21, 2020 at 4:41 am #250541
Fausto GalettoParticipant@fausto.galetto Include @fausto.galetto in your post and this person will
be notified via email.After reading some statistics basics, you need intelligence (in order not to be cheated)
1January 15, 2021 at 6:22 am #251875I completely agree with the answers above. It seems to me that there is definitely no one who will tell you what level of mathematics you need, because this already applies to statistics.
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