SEQUENTIAL DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS FOR NONLINEAR MODELS.
Technical rept. no. 21,
WISCONSIN UNIV MADISON
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To engineers, basic mechanism studies are of interest principally because a deeper understanding makes it possible to cope with engineering design problems in a more intelligent and useful manner than would be possible if the mechanism were entirely unknown. Such mechanism studies consist essentially of two steps i establishing an adequate form for the theoretical model and then ii determining precisely the values of its parameters. In this paper it is supposed that step i has been accomplished and the form of the theoretical model is therefore known. The problem which confronts the experimenter now is the evaluation of the physical parameters e.g., rate constants in chemical kinetics examples. The purpose of this paper is to consider the problem of generation of data, i.e., the statistical design of experiments.