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st: What is this problem called? |

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Fri, 16 Nov 2007 14:01:21 +0900 |

Gidday, A colleague has asked me the following question: Suppose a surgeon performs a number of surgical procedures using a new technique. He/she records the operating time for each operation. How would the data be analysed so as to determine the number of procedures performed before the operating time stabilises? I haven't come across a problem quite like this before, but it seems to me that it's a question that might arise, for example, when evaluating the implementation of new industrial or manufacturing processes. I have an idea about how I would approach this analysis, but first I'd like to have a look at what others may have done. Searching the literature is difficult though if you don't know what the problem is called. Does anyone recognise this problem or something analogous to it and can you give me a name I can search on or point me to a few relevant papers. I can back-track though the literature from there. Thanks in advance, Kieran ______________________________________________ Kieran McCaul MPH PhD WA Centre for Health & Ageing (M573) University of Western Australia Level 6, Ainslie House 48 Murray St Perth 6000 email: kamccaul@meddent.uwa.edu.au http://myprofile.cos.com/mccaul _______________________________________________ * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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