MTB as a resource
June 4, 2007 at 3:08 pm #47161
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I am looking to quantify the value of the MTB help sections as an overall resource toward statistical understanding (within the sigma framework). If I knew everything in the MTB Help section for a given tool or topic, how well prepared does that make me in terms of knowledge required to speak intelligently on the topic?? Thanks!0June 4, 2007 at 6:22 pm #156919
I for one would never recommend using only the help menu (even with the StatGuide). This is true for every software I’ve ever encountered and Minitab is no exception. SW writers just aren’t good tutorialists. So for your survey, or whatever it is you’re trying to do, count my vote as an “it probably won’t”. You will only be frustrated.
But to carry this a step further. Minitab now has an online tutorial service that you can try. I haven’t tried it myself but it’s geared toward self-paced training (so I’ve been told).
Minitab also has a training service with real teachers and training manuals. This was excellent (9 out of 10 stars). It won’t make you a statistician, but you’ll be dangerously close when you’re done.
For learning stats in general, get a good basic stats book.0June 4, 2007 at 7:25 pm #156922
I think it depends somewhat on which version of MTB you are using, professional, (or full), and student version. But for the most part they suck. I have a book called Statistical Process Analysis, ISBN 0-256-11939-2, which is centered around using MTB. Not only teaches the math but teaches how to use MTB. Just a note, the book is generally for Release 12. One thing I do like about MTB is the ability of first time users to learn the software rather quickly and don’t have to spend allot of time fumbling around the help section to begin with.
CT0June 4, 2007 at 8:33 pm #156924
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