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Publication date: 11/10/2021

Response Surface Experiments

Response surface experiments typically involve a small number (generally 2 to 8) of continuous factors that have been identified as active. The main goal of a response surface experiment is to develop a predictive model of the relationship between the factors and the response. Often, you use the predictive model to find better operating settings for your process. For this reason, your assumed model for a response surface experiment is usually quadratic.

Because a screening design is focused on identifying active effects, a measure of its quality is the size of the relative variance of the coefficients. You want these relative variances to be small. D-optimality addresses these relative variances.

In response surface experiments, the prediction variance over the range of the factors is more important than the variance of the coefficients. The prediction variance over the design space is addressed by I-optimality. An I-optimal design tends to place fewer runs at the extremes of the design space than does a D-optimal design. For more information about D- and I-optimality, see Optimality Criteria.

By default, Custom Design uses the Recommended option for the Optimality Criterion. Custom Design uses the I-optimality criterion as the Recommended criterion whenever you add quadratic effects using the RSM button in the Model outline. Otherwise, Custom Design uses the D-optimality criterion as the Recommended criterion. See Optimality Criteria.

Response Surface Design

Response Surface Design with Flexible Blocking

Comparison of a D-Optimal and an I-Optimal Response Surface Design

Response Surface Design With Constraints and Categorical Factor

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