I presented a training class, Stats #18: Quality Control: A Hands-On Workshop, for the American Society for Andrology. The major emphasis was on the computation of control charts. It’s always interesting to see how this material goes over. This group was somewhat math-phobic, and felt a certain level of discomfort with the required exercises. Several points of confusion involved

- how to calculate standard deviations with a calculator that does not have a memory,
- some of the data was presented as proportions and some of it was presented as percentages,
- the definition of “n” in the P chart–it is the denominator of the proportions rather than the number of proportions.

You can’t expect a class like this to go perfectly, but I will try to pay closer attention to these issues the next time I teach this class.

You can find an earlier version of this page on my old website.