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November 21, 2019 Dinner Meeting
Statistical Analysis Packages: Blessing or Bane

Presented by
Rick Fay, CQE

For over 50 years, Statistical Analysis Packages such as Mini Tab have automated statistical calculations and the creation of graphs, allowing the user to focus more on the analysis of data and the interpretation of results.  This seems like a blessing to all of us who toiled with the numbers just to generate simple descriptive statistics.

However, with this ease of calculations comes the possible lack of understanding of what these descriptive statistics actually mean.  This can be a curse.  I want to assure everyone that these Statistical Analysis Packages do the difficult job of summarizing data but the crucial mission of interpreting these summary results is done - not by the software - but by the person employing the software.  This means that person must understand how the software generated these summary statistics and if they are valid.  Validating these numbers can only be done by someone who understand how the numbers are generated to begin with.

For over 50 years, Statistical Analysis Packages such as Mini Tab have automated statistical calculations and the creation of graphs, allowing the user to focus more on the analysis of data and the interpretation of results.  This seems like a blessing to all of us who toiled with the numbers just to generate simple descriptive statistics.

However, with this ease of calculations comes the possible lack of understanding of what these descriptive statistics actually mean.  This can be a curse.  I want to assure everyone that these Statistical Analysis Packages do the difficult job of summarizing data but the crucial mission of interpreting these summary results is done - not by the software - but by the person employing the software.  This means that person must understand how the software generated these summary statistics and if they are valid.  Validating these numbers can only be done by someone who understand how the numbers are generated to begin with.

NOTE: The ASQ will require all certification holders to use an online recertification app starting 01/01/2019. Recert journals may be submitted to the Recertification Chair up to 12/31/2018.  All journals received after this date will be returned. Please contact recert@riasq.org with any questions.

 

Location: Chelo's Restaurant, 2225 Post Rd. Warwick, RI 02886  (click here for a map)


Time:

5:15 pm - Registration and Networking
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Program
 


Menu:

Buffet 


Prices: $30 members and guests,  $15 unemployed members

 


Reservations:  

Please use Event Brite to register.
Cancellations by Nov.14th please.

If you are unable to attend after making a reservation, please cancel by sending us an email; Credits will be issued for cancellations received at least 72 hours before the start time of the event. Feel free to contact us with any other questions.

Please email Dinner@riasq.org if you have any questions.

ASQ Recertification: Dinner meeting earns 0.3 RU


If unable to attend after making reservations, please cancel by sending us an email; Credits will be issued for cancellations received at least 72 hours before the start time of the event.  Feel free to contact us by email with any other questions.