Friday, January 16, 2015

How To Control Number Of Decimal Point In Minitab Report ?

How to control number of decimal point to be report in Minitab report ?

This question come into my mind since long time ago, but I didn't really bother as it doesn't impact me too me. I have to take this seriously when I try to generate a report where I only need 3 decimal point to be show in my report.

I was using the Assistant Manu to generate a box plot as below, it is simple to use no doubt, but I spend my whole morning trying to find a way to adjust the number reporting limit to 3 decimal point.

In fact, I can't..... and I have to give up. It really spend me too much of time to hunt for the solution.

I try to write to Minitab support team to ask about the issue, answer to me was quite disappointing. Yes, I m not allow control number of decimal point to be use for Minitab reporting.

Anyway, Minitab do give me a workaround to overcome my problem, in fact, I m not really satisfy with their proposal.

Here is the solution suggested by Minitab

"As a workaround for the time being, you could consider using Stat > Basic Statistics > Store Descriptive Statistics instead of the boxplot in the Assistant menu to obtain the table of values below.  Enter C3 in the first field and the column that defines the boxes in the second field.  Click the Statistics button to select the statistics you want to display.  Once the values for N, Mean, Standard Deviation, Minimum and Maximum are stored in the worksheet, you can right click on any column and choose Format Column > Numeric.  In the new dialog box, choose Fixed decimal, and enter 2 as the number of decimals.  This way, you can control the number of decimals displayed in the output."

Monday, January 5, 2015

My 1st Impression On Minitab Release 17

Minitab is one of the statistical analysis software I’m using since many years back. I started with Release 11, follow by 12, 13, 14 and 15. To be honest, if you ask me about the different of the several version I come across. My answer to you would be: No much different or no surprise.

That is the reason why I stop to upgrade the software after Release 15.

In fact, I notice the availability of Release 17 in my company software management server quite some time ago; however I don’t take it so seriously mainly due to my previous perception.

I start to in contact with the new Release after changing my PC. Thanks to the technician setting up the PC for me, I got everything new, including the Minitab Release 17 of course.

I don’t have any experience with Release 16, therefore, Release 17 to me is a surprise. There are several interesting feature that strong enough to motivate me to further explore. The “Assistant” menu is something I find it very useful and user friendly. It makes statistical analysis much more layman, and definitely makes my training much easier.

Is not my plan to explain the feature in “Assistant” menu as I believe all Minitab user able to handle it and understand report generated.

You may take a tour at Minitab official website if you intent to know more about the product.