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Variance components


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Sep 11, 2011

Hello all,

I am analyzing data for some quality control task. I have 3 batches from some production. From each one of the 3 batches I have 13 samples. Each sample is a real number between 0 and 1, however I am not sure that 1 is the upper possible limit. Every sample below 0.42 is a failure. I need to find a way to analyze it. Since there are 3 batches, I assume that "batch" is a random effect. I thought that I could analyze it with the variance components, but I find it hard to interpret the results.

Some numerical background: Here are the means and standard deviations of the 3 batches: 0.537 (0.055), 0.656 (0.129) and 0.514 (0.041).

Now, I ran the variance component via the "variability gauge" module (jmp 11), and I got:

ComponentVar component% totalsqrt(var component)

I am confused with how to interpret this, since the total S.D of all observations together is 0.103, and the sqrt(var component) of the total component is 0.111. What is the difference between these two ?

In addition I got this ANOVA table:


How does this table add to the variance component one ?

And one last question, is there a way within JMP to show that the minimum is over 0.42, I mean, not just to show the point estimate, but some maybe interval estimation for the minimum ? I just think, maybe if I find a probability of being over 0.42, adjusted for the batch influence.

Thank you !