Dear JMP® User,

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. This luxurious ocean liner sank in less than three hours after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic, killing more than 1,500 of its nearly 2,300 passengers. Since that great tragedy, people have been captivated by the story. I mean, who hasn’t seen the Academy Award-winning film Titanic at least once? I’m sure we could all sing the chorus of My Heart Will Go On. And have you ever gotten the urge to stand at the bow of a boat, arms spread like an eagle, shouting, “I’m the king of the world!”? Come on, don’t deny it. I certainly have.

Because of the anniversary, it seems like the Titanic has been everywhere, including in our course data! Last month I had the pleasure of talking with course developer and JMP instructor, Mark Bailey, about a course that he recently produced, JMP Software: Introduction to Categorical Data Analysis. In my Q&A with Mark, we discuss the importance of categorical data, review the topics covered in class and work through two demos in JMP. The first demo uses authentic passenger information from the Titanic to see if there is a relationship between the probability of survival and the fare paid. It was very interesting to see the correlation between the two. Take a look at our Q&A video and see for yourself. 

Best regards,
Brooke Fortson

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Course Highlights

JMP® Software: Introduction to Categorical Data Analysis
This course teaches you how to analyze categorical data using association, stratification, correspondence analysis, partitioning, logistic regression and generalized linear models. Additional material about the Categorical platform is also available in an appendix.
View course outline.

Quality by Design (QbD) Using JMP® Software
This course focuses on how to establish a systematic approach to pharmaceutical development that is defined by quality by design (QbD) principles using design of experiments (DOE). In addition, this course teaches the application of statistics for setting specifications, assessing measurement systems (assays), developing a control plan as part of a risk management strategy and ensuring process control/capability.
View course outline.


JSM 2012
July 28 – Aug. 2
San Diego

Instructor Highlight

Stephanie Curtis was first introduced to JMP in 1997 while working on her master’s degree in statistical science. She has worked as a statistician in the semiconductor industry and as a credit risk analyst in the banking industry. Since 2001, Stephanie has collaborated on academic research, specifically analyzing campaign finance and election data. She is a contract instructor for SAS and enjoys teaching statistics classes using SAS and JMP. Fun fact: Stephanie and her four children have birthdays every other day for a week: March 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9!

Blogger's Corner

Would you have survived the Titanic’s maiden voyage? Check out how to calculate your survival rate with this interesting blog post by Nele Coghe.


Tips and Tricks

One of the great new features in JMP 10 is the Column Switcher. It works in all of the platforms to facilitate exploring new variables and extends JMP software’s interactive nature even further. Here is an example using the Socioeconomic data table from the Sample Data folder. I wanted to explore the relationship between the Median School Years and the Total Population. It looks like this, starting with Fit Y by X:

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Since there’s not much going on between these two variables, I wonder if there is a stronger relationship with one of the other variables. Simply click on the red triangle next to Bivariate Fit and select Script > Column Switcher.

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I want to be able to switch the response, so I select Median School Years (the current response) and click OK. I also want to be able to use any of the variables besides Total Population as the response, so now I select the other columns that I want to use and then click OK.

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Now I can check another relationship, just by selecting the column in the list to the left.

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Found one!

This tip was provided by Mark Bailey, JMP instructor.

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