Hierarchical Data Analysis for the Characterization of Polymeric Materials: Linking Measurements and Statistical Methodology
As future chemical engineers, it is important that students be able to identify and quantify sources of error. A statistical analysis technique that is often overlooked is hierarchical design methodology, which allows for the separation of overall variance into several related components. While hierarchical methodology is relevant to many fields, we have demonstrated that it can be taught through the synthesis and characterization of polymeric materials. Basic statistical concepts are described, along with relevant examples.