Design of Experiments Guide > Full Factorial Designs > Overview of Full Factorial Design
Publication date: 03/23/2021

Overview of Full Factorial Design

In a full factorial design, you perform an experimental run at every combination of the factor levels. The sample size is the product of the numbers of levels of the factors. For example, a factorial experiment with a two-level factor, a three-level factor, and a four-level factor has 2 x 3 x 4 = 24 runs.

The Full Factorial Design platform supports both continuous factors and categorical factors with arbitrary numbers of levels. It is assumed that you can run the trials in a completely random fashion.

Full factorial designs are the most conservative of all design types. Unfortunately, because the sample size grows exponentially with the number of factors, full factorial designs are often too expensive to run. Custom designs, definitive screening designs, and screening designs are less conservative but more efficient and cost-effective.

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