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    claire
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    Hi, we are working on a process where we are getting variable data (i.e. actual numbers) but because of the measurement system, the number of discrete points is less than 5. In other words, when we measure diameter, we do not get a wide range of diameters, all diameters are between 0.121-0.124″ (this is as low as our measurement system will go). Therefore, should these data be treated as attribute, i.e. pass/fail, so long as they are in spec? We would normally do tolerance intervals on variable data, but given the small size of variability, we have decided not to do so. Is this correct?

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    #165950

    Anand
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    Hi Claire, In my opinion just treating the data as discrete may not be the best thing to do as it may limit the information that data can throw to us. What I would suggest is to conduct Normality test for the data and if it is found normal, we should treat it as Continuous data only but if it is non normal we can go ahead with treating it as discrete. Discrete data would demand much bigger sample size than continuous data for the analysis.

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    #165953

    annon
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    How many distinct categories are you showing and how did you determine this number?

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    #165955

    Not Darth
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    Wow that is bad advice. Where did you learn such a thing?

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    #165962

    annon
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    There is no reason why you can’t use an attribute form of your data, as long as you take the limitations into account.ย  Pay attention to the number of distinct categories that your MS is capable of discerning, as this will determine what type of attribute data you can convert to…for example, 2 distinct categories will lend itself to a binary format, etc.
    Good luck.

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