Data Vault Ensemble Modeling

But I Only Have Small Data: Application of Ishikawa’s 7 Tools

Dan McGrath, Texas Tech University

In contrast to machine learning and artificial intelligence trends, many people need to still process little data, which can be up to 1,000,000 rows when using Excel. This workshop will demonstrate the seven classic quality tools Dr. Ishikawa championed for Japanese manufacturing in the middle of the 20th century. Data mining is reductionist in that holdings are “sliced and diced” until a subset is obtained that matches the selection criteria. In keeping with Dr. Ishikawa’s continuous improvement philosophy, the list has been updated to take advantage of the computational capabilities of Excel and JMP. The seven tools that will be reviewed are:

  • Flow Charts
  • Diagrams
  • Check Sheets and Pareto Charts
  • Run Charts and Univariate Analysis
  • Histograms
  • Control Charts
  • Scatter Diagrams

Interactive exercise will demonstrate the tools utility during this workshop. The workshop is a summary of Dan’s book, Quantitative Analysis for System Applications.

Daniel A. McGrath, Ph.D., is the President of Llano Estacado Management Science Co. He also is an Instructor in the Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering Department at Texas Tech. He has over 35 years of experience analyzing big data sets with many quantitative and statistical tools and software packages. He has a diversity of degrees: BA in Geography and Geosciences, MS in Soil Science, PhD in Systems and Engineering Management with all being from Texas Tech. He has worked extensively in environmental, project management, continuous improvement, business intelligence, and financial job functions. In addition, he has been a Project Management Professional and a Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He lives in Texas and travels widely, helping customers find their lost cities of gold!