This book provides a comprehensive treatment of the design of blocked and split-plot experiments, two types of experiments that are extremely popular in practice. The target audience includes applied statisticians and academics. The optimal design approach advocated in the book will help applied statisticians from industry, medicine, agriculture, chemistry, and many other fields of study in setting up tailor-made experiments. This is illustrated by a number of examples. The book also contains a theoretical background, a thorough review of the recent work in the area of blocked and split-plot experiments, and a number of interesting theoretical results.
“Many books and papers discussing the blocking of experimental designs have been published since the appearance of the pioneer work of Ronald Fisher nearly a century ago. Unlike most of them, the author of the book approaches this topic as an application of the theory of optimum design. This is achieved without presenting too complex mathematical derivations of results, while those provided are clearly presented and easy to follow … A valuable addition to the literature on Design of Experiments.” –Biometrics, June 2004
“The Optimal Design of Blocked and Split-Plot Experiments is a good overview of the techniques available in the optimal design of blocked and split-plot experiments, including the author’s own great research in this field. The optimal design approach advocated in this book will help practitioners of statistics in setting up tailor-made experiments. It is also a good reference book for researchers and students in applied statistics.” –Techometrics, February 2005