Résumé of the Department of Statistics of Virginia Polytechnic Institute

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute


This thesis gives an outline of the organization, importance and objectives of the Department of Statistics of Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

In 1949, the Department of Statistics was established at VPI. Now it offers curriculums leading to a B.S. degree with a major in statistics, and to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in statistics. It also offers courses for students majoring in other fields.

The Department and its statistical laboratory are engaged in fundamental and applied research toward the development and extension of basic theory as well as the application of existing statistical techniques to applied problems in various fields.

The Department, through its statistical laboratory provides both consulting and computing service to the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, Virginia Engineering Experiment Station, other Departments of VPI, Virginia Truck Experiment Station, and other state and federal research agencies.

Because of the importance of the consulting and computing services; a particular type of analysis of experiments, the analysis of variance, is discussed. To indicate the amount of work needed for such analysis, the computational procedures for 48 different experimental situations and mathematical models are given. The corresponding analysis of variance tables include S.S.,d.f. and E(M.S.).

The Institute’s Computer Center gives considerable aid to the computational work of the Department, especially in handling extensive numerical analysis. It includes an IBM 7040/1401 Data processing system and related equipment.