DesignEase is an entrylevel program for design and analysis of factorial screening experiments. It is a 'light' version of the much more comprehensive DesignExpert software from StatEase (which offers response surface methods (RSM) and mixture designs for product formulators). Use DesignEase software to detect main effects and interactions that lead to breakthrough improvements.

Upfront power calculation for factorial designs: This mainstreams in the designbuilder a ‘headsup’ on the percent probability of seeing the desired difference in each response—the signal—based on the underlying variability—the noise.

“MinRun Res V” designs are now available for 6 to 50 factors: Resolve twofactor interactions (2FI's) in the least runs possible while maintaining a balance in low versus high levels.

“MinRun Res IV” (twolevel factorial) designs for 5 to 50 factors: Screen main effects with maximum efficiency in terms of experimental runs.

Twolevel full and fractional factorials for up to 512 runs and 21 factors, along with minimumaberration blocking choices: Build large designs.

New “Color By” option: Colorcode points on graphs according to the level of another factor—a great way to incorporate another piece of information into a graph.

General (multilevel) factorial designs (up to 32,766 runs) using factors with mixed levels.

Highresolution irregular fractions, such as 4 factors in 12 runs.

PlacketBurman designs for 11, 19, 23, 27 or 31 factors in up to 64 runs respectively.

Taguchi orthogonal arrays.

Ability to graph any two columns of data on the XY graph (this is a great way to view a blocked effect).

Easytouse automatic or manual model reduction.

Ability to easily analyze designs with botched or missing data.

Designbuilder updates resolution of twolevel fractional factorials when the number of blocks is changed: Immediately see how segmenting a design might reduce its ability to resolve effects.

Block names are now entered during the design build: Identify how you will break up your experiment, for example by specific shift, material lot or the like.

“MinRun Res IV plus two” option: Ask for two extra runs to make your experiment more robust to missing data.

Userdefined base factors for design generators: You have more flexibility to customize fractional factorial designs.

Expanded Doptimal capabilities—impose balance penalty, force categoric balance: This feature helps users equalize the number of treatments.

Coordinate Exchange capability for Doptimal designs: Avoid the arbitrary nature of designs constructed from candidate point sets.

In General or Factorial Doptimal designs, categorical factors can be specified as either nominal or ordinal (orthogonal polynomial contrasts): This affects the layout of analysis of variance (ANOVA).

Specify the same amount for low and high in a mixture design: This is handy for keeping track of fixed component levels—these do not appear in the model.

Simple ratio constraints, such as A/B>1, can be entered in directly: This sort of thing is fairly common, for example, A might be air pressure upstream of a check valve and B the pressure after, but it will work only when A exceeds B.

Design layout can now be modified via a rightclick list with added columns for point type and other alternative attributes: Make your "recipe" sheet more informative.

Add blocks Doptimally: This feature will be especially useful for mixture designs, which previously could not be blocked automatically.

“Semifold”: In only half the runs needed by a normal foldover, augment Res IV designs to resolve specified 2FI's aliased in the original block of runs.

Add center points, blocks and replicates without rebuilding the design: This is a real timesaver.

Impose linear multifactor constraints on RSM or mixture designs.

Add categorical factors to RSM, mixture or combined designs.

Create a factorial candidate set for RSM designs when only specific factor levels are available.

Ignore or highlight a row of data or a single response while preserving the numbers.

“Design model” choice added for statistical analysis: This is handy for data from experiments based on a computergenerated Doptimal design.

From Alias List, Pareto Chart or Effects Plots views, rightclick on effects to show aliases: Never lose sight of what really is being measured in fractionalfactorial designs.

Select alternative aliased effects: Choose what you think makes most sense based on your subjectmatter knowledge.

Backward stepwise regression is now applicable to factorial designs: This is useful for quickly analyzing general (categorical) factorials.

Means and standard deviations for all experimental inputs (factors) and outputs (responses) are added to the Design Summary screen: This provides a handy assessment of your system.

Means and standard deviations for all experimental inputs (factors) and outputs (responses) are added to the Design Summary screen: This provides a handy assessment of your system.

Cox model option for mixtures: May be more informative for formulators with a standard (reference) blend to which they’d like to compare more optimal recipes.

Select optional annotated views for assistance interpreting the ANOVA.

If your model is aliased, a warning will pop up prior to viewing the ANOVA for twolevel fractional factorials, allowing you to make substitutions for aliased effects.

Inspect Ftest values on individual model terms and confidence intervals on coefficients.

Take advantage of user preferences, ex: make a global change in the significance threshold (0.05 by default vs. 0.01 and 0.1).

Display grid lines on 3D graph backplanes: This feature provides a better perspective on the varying height of a response surface.

Save graphs to files in enhanced Windows metafile (EMF), PNG, TIFF, GIF, BNP, JPEG, and encapsulated Postscript (EPS) formats: Many publications do their artwork in one of these file types.

Fullcolor contour and 3D surface plots: Graduated or banded colorization adds life to reports and presentations.

3D surface plots for categorical factors: See colored bars towering above others where effects are greatest.

Pareto chart of tvalues of effects: Quickly see the vital few effects relative to the trivial many from twolevel factorial experiments.

Magnification feature: An incredible tool for expanding a mixture graph that is originally a small sliver and difficult to interpret.

Points on 3D graphs: See "lollipops" protruding from surfaces where actual responses were collected.

Crosshairs window: Predict your response at any place in the response surface plot.

Grid lines on contour plots: See more readily what the coordinates are at any given point.

Select the details printed on flags planted on contour plots.

Confidence bands on onefactor plots: Get a good feel for the uncertainty in a predicted response as a function of the factor level.

Colorcodes for positive versus negative effects: Assess plus or minus impacts on halfnormal and Pareto plots.

Smart tic marks: Get morereasonably rounded settings straight off.

A quick summary of the design type as well as factor, response and model information is available by clicking on the design status node.

Discover significant effects at a glance with halfnormal or normal probability plots, made easier by including points representing estimates of pure error (if available from your design).

See the BoxCox plot for advice on the best response transformation.

View a complete array of diagnostic graphs to check statistical assumptions and detect possible outliers (bonus feature: predicted vs. actual graphs with a rotatable bestfit line).

See the effects plot in the original scale after transforming the response.

Observe variation in predictions by viewing the least significant difference (LSD) bars on the model graphs.

Poorly predicted regions on contour maps are shaded to give you confidence in your predictions.

Slice your contour plots using a simple slide bar: See actual design points when they're on a slice!

Drag 2D contours using your mouse.

Rotate 3D graphics and see projected 2D contours.

Set flags to reveal the predicted response at any location.

Edit colors, text and more to produce professional reports.

See all effects on one graph with trace and perturbation plots.

Plot the standard error of your design on any graph type (contour, 3D, etc.).

Import and export text files to get responses: Something doable by anybody.

Rightclick on any response cell and “ignore” it: This feature allows you to ignore a response data point without having to ignore the entire row.

Keystroke option (Ctrl+/) to move through alternate solutions from numerical optimization: This saves mousing around.

From the Design node, display mixture constraints coded in actual, real, or pseudo values: An important distinction for understanding the experimental region of formulation.

More flexibility in handling various file types when opening files: Very helpful default that automatically recognizes any data in the DesignEase (.de*) or DesignExpert (.dx*) format—including ones produced from older versions.

On plots of effects simply draw a box around the ones you want selected for your model: This is much easier than clicking each one with your mouse.

Set row status to normal, ignore or highlight: This allows users control over their design matrix.

Sort by row status — normal, ignored or highlighted: Most reallife experiments do not go as planned so it’s good to easily assess the damage.

Numerical optimization solutions are now carried over to graphical optimization and point prediction: Explore the results of the numerical optimization on other screens.

Cut and paste graphics to your word processor or presentation, or numbers to and from a spreadsheet.

Easily maneuver through the program: down trees, through wizards, and across progressive toolbars.

Tab flow through all fields on the screen: Quicker for data entry than having to click your mouse in a new location.

Quickly select the next step with incredibly easytouse push buttons.

Open reports and graphs for automatic updating.

View numerical outputs spreadsheet style.

Export any spreadsheet view as ASCII text, for example, design layouts or ANOVA reports.

View several graphs simultaneously using the handy popout option.

32bit architecture provides maximum performance on Windows 98SE, 2000, XP and beyond.

Access graphic and spreadsheet options instantly with a simple right click.

Choose significant terms to plot from the pulldown list on the Factors Tool.

Fraction of design space (FDS) graph for design evaluation: This enhancement, suggested to us by DOE guru Douglas Montgomery, provides very helpful information on scaled prediction variance (SPV) for comparing alternative test matrices — simple enough that even nonstatisticians can see differences at a glance and versatile enough for any type of experiment — mixture, process or combined.

Bookmarks for reports with a toolbox to facilitate selection: This will save you a lot of time scrolling through long statistical outputs such as the design evaluation and analysis of variance.

Annotation option on reports: This will be a boon to those who may be unfamiliar with all the esoteric statistics needed for design evaluation.

Customizable design evaluation content and power levels: Use the OPTIONS button to select which statistics to display, specific power levels to report, and whether to display the standard error or variance on the graph (with the option to scale by N—the number of runs in the design).

Specify model terms to ignore (during evaluation) so they don’t display in the alias list: For example, don’t bother showing interactions of four or more factors.

Evaluation can be done on either a design or a particular response: Shows the effect when data is missing from a specific response, but not all responses.

Halfnormal selection of important effects on all factorial designs*: Simple and robust method for selecting important effects—formerly available only for twolevel designs. For example, the screen shot to the right is from an experiment on 5 woods glued with 5 adhesives, using 2 applicators with 4 clamps at 2 pressures. The vital effects become apparent at a glance!
*(Detailed in “Graphical Selection of Effects in General Factorials”—winner of the Shewell Award for best presentation at the 2007 Fall Technical Conference, cosponsored by the American Society for Quality and the American Statistical Association.)

Smoother color gradations on 2D contours: More impressive for presentations to management, clients, or colleagues.

Rounded contour values: More presentable defaults requiring less ‘fiddling’ for reporting purposes.

Plant flags on 3D surfaces: Previously, you could only put flags on 2D contour plots. To the right we see a flag planted by numerical optimization to maximize the filtration rate in an industrial process.

New and fully configurable mesh option that reflects smooth, lighted colors off your 3D surface: Dazzle your customers and colleagues while providing highlyinformative graphics showing how responses will react to process changes. (Mesh can be turned off if you like.)

3D graphs that you can spin with your mouse: When you see your cursor turn into a hand, simply grab and rotate! Doubleclick the graph to go back to the starting angle.

Pushbutton averaging on the factors tool: Provides far easier main effects plotting and makes interactions more meaningful. Previously, the only option to average factors came via a hidden droplist.

Moreinteractive cube plots: Click on design points to see factor levels and response predictions on graph legends.

Enter input variables vertically: When entering many levels, this may be more convenient than the horizontal layout

Reference lines on plots: Horizontal, vertical, and free stylelines enhance plots.

Predicted vs. Actual graph availability in Model Graphs, not just in Diagnostics: This is useful when a response has been transformed because in Model Graphs mode, you can change the view back to the more relevant original scale.

Confidence, prediction, and tolerance intervals (CI, PI & TI) plotted with configurable colors in onefactor response plots: Convey prediction uncertainties via bands around the best fit.

Colorcoded response surface graphs show where standard error increases: This makes it easier to understand why extrapolating beyond the actual experimental region for a prediction will get you into trouble. The graphic shows a flag set beyond the factorial points in a fractional factorial—ultimately making the prediction meaningless (high standard error is indicated by the dark shading).

Many new, highvisibility tools: Options previously available via hidden View menu options are now easily seen and capitalized upon.

Design layout column widths now adjust automatically by doubleclicking columnheader boundaries: Multiple columns adjust simultaneously!

Attach row comments by rightclicking on the row headers. View them by rightclicking on the Select box and selecting “Comments” as a column header: A handy way to record important observations.

Row comments are also visible when a point is highlighted on a plot.

Topic Help, Tutorials, and Sample Files now also reside in the main Help menu: Follow these alternate paths for getting timely program advice.

In addition, Topic Help (F1) content has been greatly enhanced. Contextspecific information is right at your fingertips. Simply press the F1 key to discover options, definitions, and suggestions.

Screen Tips is now a main menu item (“Tips”): Great visibility and easy access to very useful justintime advice.

Oneclick updates: Check for free software updates with one click and download them directly.

Better defaults and tick marks: Nicely rounded values provide presentable graphs straight away.

Zoom up graphs with your mouse wheel (a rightclick resets to original size): Quickly zero in on regions of interest.

Hold down your left mouse button to drag graphs into various positions (a rightclick resets original placement): It’s a fast way to situate the region of interest where you want it in the coordinate space. Factors G and H in the trace plot at right are constrained to very tight ranges relative to other ingredients. They are hardly visible without first zooming and then dragging the intersection (the overall centroid of the formulation space) to the middle.

Separate preference tabs for XY versus surface graphs: DesignEase v8 delivers plotting and graphing simplicity.

Reduced graphupdating flicker: Now it’s less distracting when you redraw responses at varying inputvariable levels.

Keyboard shortcut for preferences: Press Ctrl + F8 to get a box allowing you to adjust all of the program preferences with one click, a convenient way to reset all of the default settings.

Colorbypointtype added to graph columns: Very useful addition to scatterplots.