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1. Exploratory Data Analysis
1.2. EDA Assumptions



Predictability and Statistical Control Predictability is an all-important goal in science and engineering. If the four underlying assumptions hold, then we have achieved probabilistic predictability--the ability to make probability statements not only about the process in the past, but also about the process in the future. In short, such processes are said to be "in statistical control".
Validity of Engineering Conclusions Moreover, if the four assumptions are valid, then the process is amenable to the generation of valid scientific and engineering conclusions. If the four assumptions are not valid, then the process is drifting (with respect to location, variation, or distribution), unpredictable, and out of control. A simple characterization of such processes by a location estimate, a variation estimate, or a distribution "estimate" inevitably leads to engineering conclusions that are not valid, are not supportable (scientifically or legally), and which are not repeatable in the laboratory.
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