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George Box, Stuart Hunter and Bill wrote what has become a classic text for experimenters in scientific and business circles, Statistics for Experimenters. More details on the book.
Order your copy of Statistics for Experimenters: Design, Innovation, and Discovery, 2nd Edition by George Box, Stuart Hunter and William G. Hunter, 2005. Updated by George Box and Stu Hunter, this new edition of Statistics for Experimenters adopts the same approaches as the landmark First Edition by teaching with examples, readily understood graphics, and the appropriate use of computers.
Find out about the Annual Hunter Conference on Quality, run by The Madison Area Quality Improvement Network (MAQIN).
Bill founded the ASQC Statistics division. The division presents the Hunter Award to recognize accomplishments in the development and creative application of statistics in problem solving. Previous award recipients include: Bill Hill, Ronald Snee, Brian Joiner and Roger Hoerl.
Read: Doing More With Less in the Public Sector: A Progress Report from Madison, Wisconsin by William G. Hunter, Jan O'Neill, and Carol Wallen, June 1986 (new quality improvement ideas can help public officials combat the effects of decreasing budgets just as they help private businesses increase productivity) and Quality in the Community: One City's Experience, by George Box, Laurel W. Joiner, Sue Rohan and F. Joseph Sensenbrenner, June 1989. The reports highlight the early evolution of the Quality movement in Madison, Wisconsin and the role of the Madison Area Quality Improvement Network.
George Box and Bill co-founded the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984. The Center develops, advances and communicates quality improvement methods and ideas. Center report #100 by George Box: William G. Hunter: An Innovator and Catalyst for Quality Improvement
Bill was a leader in the effort to adopt the Deming system of Profound Knowledge and related ideas in the Public Sector (He contributed pages 245-7 to Deming's Out of the Crisis; relating how the City of Madison applied Deming's ideas to a public sector organization). The Public Sector Network grew from his, and others, efforts.
Statistical Design of Experiments Project to teach high school students. Bill's connection: In 1984, Bill Hunter was a principal organizer and speaker at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation summer institute on Quantitative Literacy in Princeton, NJ. There he taught the teachers about DOE and the Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments.
In 1959 he graduated from Princeton University. Next, he attended the University of Illinois for a year before enrolling as the first doctoral student in statistics at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. For the following 20 years he taught at the University of Wisconsin - Madison Statistics Department and elsewhere (Statistics sites on the WWW).
To order articles from the American Statistician or Technometrics call the American Statistical Association at (703) 684-1221 ext. 123.
George Box and Bill Hunter on Videotape:
Tape 4061: "Practice and Theory; Some Personal Experiences," George Box and Bill Hunter (1982), 43 minutes. From the American Statistical Association Distinguished Lecture Series
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