311. Statistics in Weight Engineering


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D R Saltzman: 311. Statistics in Weight Engineering. 1962.



This paper was presented at the Twenty-first Annual National Conference of the Society of Aeronautical Weight Engineers at Seattle, Washington, May 14-17, 1962. The importance of statistics in weight engineering lies in its increase of the potential of the individual as an engineer. This comes as a result of prompt and realistic solutions to problems of a particular type and by more efficient use of practical experience.
In statistics, data are classified and manipulated so that valuable inferences may be drawn about random variables. The pattern of distribution of these ‘unpredictable events’ is of primary importance. Engineering, the practical application of scientific principles with resulting random fluctuations, especially in the empirical aspects of manufacturing, measuring and testing, is especially susceptible to the methods of statistics.


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