For the latest version of JMP Help, visit

Publication date: 11/10/2021

Define Responses and Factors

In the Describe step of the experimental design framework:

You identify the responses and factors of interest.

You determine your goals for the experiment. Do you want to maximize the response, or hit a target? What is that target? Or do you simply want to identify which factors have an effect on the response?

You identify factor settings that describe your experimental range or design space.

When they open, most of the JMP DOE platforms display outlines where you can list your responses and your factors. The Responses outline is common across platforms. There you insert your responses and additional information, such as the response goal, lower limit, upper limit, and importance.

The Factors outline varies across platforms. This is to accommodate the types of factors and specific design situations that each platform addresses. In certain platforms, once responses and factors are entered, a Define Factor Constraints outline appears after you click Continue. In this outline, you can constrain the values of the factors that are available for the design.

Figure 3.19 shows the Responses and Factors outline using the Custom Design platform for constructing the design in the Box Corrosion sample data table, located in the Design Experiment folder. Also shown is the Define Factor Constraints outline, which appears once you click Continue. The Define Constraints outline enables you to specify restrictions that your factor settings must satisfy.

Figure 3.19 Responses and Factors for Box Corrosion Split-Plot Experiment 

Responses and Factors for Box Corrosion Split-Plot Experiment

Want more information? Have questions? Get answers in the JMP User Community (