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Using the Disallowed Combinations Filter in JMP 12

In a previous blog post, I investigated my travel time to work using an estimate from Google Maps. In that post, my possible departure times to and from work were the same every day. However, it’s not uncommon in designs, even when using computer simulators, to have restrictions on the design space. Since JMP 11, this could be accommodated for space filling designs using Disallowed Combinations, but it required a Boolean JSL expression, and you needed to remember that categorical factors have to be specified with an ordinal value. We tried to make specifying disallowed combinations easier in JMP 12 with the new Disallowed Combinations Filter.

In the commute time example, after I move past the first screen, there’s an outline box for Define Factor Constraints underneath the factors. Linear Constraints works as before, and the Disallowed Combinations Script is the option if you want to use Disallowed Combinations via a JSL expression.

Let’s take a look at the Disallowed Combinations Filter. Selecting that option brings up a list of the factors in something that has a similar look to the Data Filter for Data Tables.

For this example, maybe I want to exclude design points in which if I leave at 8:30 a.m. or later (i.e., morning >= 60), then my evening commute should start after 5:00 p.m. (i.e., evening = 60 and evening <= 30 together.). I simply select the morning and evening features, click the “Add” button to have them in the filter, and set the sliders to the appropriate condition, like below:

When I create the design, none of the rows will have both morning >= 60 and evening <= 30 together.

I especially like the Disallowed Combinations Filter with categorical factors. Instead of the above condition, maybe I have a Tuesday afternoon meeting that doesn’t let me leave until after 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays (i.e., disallow evening <= 30 on Tuesdays) and a morning appointment on Thursdays where I want to leave before 8:30 a.m on Thursdays (i.e., disallow morning >= 60 on Thursdays). I select evening and day first and put in that condition, choose OR to add the second condition, and then add the second condition by selecting morning and day. My filter looks like this:

Now I can go ahead and create the design.

Final Thoughts

The Disallowed Combinations Filter appears in Custom Design, Space Filling Design, Covering Arrays and Augment Design. If you create a design with the Disallowed Combinations Filter, the saved script has Disallowed Combinations converted into the JSL Boolean expression. This means that running the DOE script does not bring up the Data Filter, but rather the “Use Disallowed Combinations Script.” I have found this useful to create larger disallowed combinations scripts with lots of “OR” statements when the Filter method begins to get tedious.

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