Statisticians know that the clean data sets that appear in textbook problems have little to do with real-life industry data. To better prepare their students for all types of statistical careers, academic statisticians now strive to use data sets from real-life statistical problems. This book contains 20 case studies that use actual data sets that have not been simplified for classroom use. Each case study is a collaboration between statisticians from academe and from business, industry or government. This book is the result of a collaborative workshop of statisticians focusing on academic-industrial partnerships. The cases come from a wide variety of application areas, including biology/environment, medical and health care, pharmaceutical, marketing and survey research, and manufacturing. Two versions are available. Instructors of statistical consulting courses should find their version to be an excellent text with useful instructor's notes. A student edition is essentially the same but excludes the Notes to the Instructor.
The cases can be used to enrich any statistics course, and industrial statisticians should find the wide variety of applied statistical methods a useful reference. Floppy disks containing all of the data sets for each case are included in MAC and PC formats.