MT4614 Design of Experiments
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|Lecture||Monday, 0900–1000||Physics 233
||1, 3, 5, 7, 9, possibly 11
|Lecture||Wednesday, 0900–1000||Physics 222
||1–10, possibly 11
|Lecture||Friday, 0900–1000||Physics 222
||1–4 and 6–10, possibly 11
|Tutorial||Friday, 1500–1600||Physics 233
||2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11
|Practical||Friday, 1400–1600||Computer Classroom
||4, 7, 10
The Wednesday lectures in Weeks 4 and 8.
From Physics 222 or Physics 233, go straight to the main entrance to Physics and assemble
From the Computer Classroom: go directly down the stairs to the exit
under the archway on the South side of the building, then assemble
on the grass in front of Computer Science.
Description, Syllabus and Intended Learning Outcomes
A more detailed course description and
syllabus than the information in the course catalogue is available
This also shows a list of intended learning outcomes.
The material covered in lectures is similar to that in parts of my book
Design of Comparative Experiments (Cambridge University Press, 2008).
After each week, the relevant sections will be listed here.
Basics of random variables
These notes revise some material that we need to use
from Week~2 onwards.
Written coursework to hand in
Some real experiments
If you find any interesting experiments in the news, please tell me.
- On 18 February 2020, an article in the i newspaper reported the following experiment.
- The experimental units were 612 people aged between 65 and 79, cross-classified by
country (France, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, UK) and physical condition (frail, on the verge of
frail, not frail).
- The treatments were two different diets, to be followed for one year. One diet was "your existing
diet''; the other was a Mediterranean diet, rich in fruit, vegetables, olive oil and fish.
- The response variables were numbers of various bacteria in the gut.
- On 4 March 2020, an article was published online in the journal eLife.
The title of the article is "Research Culture: Framework for advancing
rigorous research". The authors are W. J. Koroshetz, S. Behrman, C. J. Brame,
J. L. Branchaw, E. N. Brown, E. A. Clark, D. Dockterman, J. J. Elm, P. L. Gay,
K. M. Green, S. Hsi, M. G. Kaplitt, B. J. Kolber, A. L. Kolodkin,
D. Lipscombe, M. R. MacLeod, C. C. McKinney, M. R. Munafo, B. Oakley,
J. T. Olimpo, N. P. du Sert, I. M. Raman, C. Riley, A. L. Shelton, S. M. Uzzo,
D. C. Crawford and S. D. Silberberg.
The article includes this diagram.
- On 7 April 2020, an article about Covid-19 in the i newspaper reported two
current experiments on testing the effectiveness of the drug remdesivir.
In both cases the experimental units are hospitalised patients in a
geographically wide range of countries.
- In one experiment, all the participants are severely ill. There are
two treatments: (i) five days of remdesivir, and
(ii) ten days of remdesivir.
- In the other experiment, the participants are only moderately ill.
There are three treatments: (i) five days of remdesivir,
(ii) ten days of remdesivir, (iii) only standard care.
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