The ASQ Statistics Division is proud to announce that the Lloyd Nelson award was presented at this year’s Fall Technical Conference. The award recognizes the paper in the ASQ journal, Journal of Quality Technology (JQT), which has “the greatest immediate impact to practitioners”.

As the editor of ASQ’s Industrial Quality Control, Nelson in the 1960s proposed dividing the magazine into two publications. Eventually, he convinced the board to create the general-interest magazine Quality Progress and the more technical quarterly Journal of Quality Technology. He became the first editor of the Journal of Quality Technology. Nelson was honored in 2001 as one of the first recipients of ASQ’s Distinguished Service Medal. He was named an ASQ Fellow in 1964 and was awarded the Shewhart Medal in 1978. Nelson also served on ASQ’s Awards Board and Shewhart and Deming Medal Committees, and was a long-time member of the Journal of Quality Technology’s Editorial Review Board.

This year, the Lloyd Nelson Award was presented to Russell V. Lenth for his outstanding paper “The Case Against Normal Plots of Effects”, published in Volume 47, Issue 2. Russ attended the Fall Technical Conference in October in Minneapolis to receive the plaque.

The abstract for the award winning paper reads as follows:

When analyzing effects in an unreplicated experiment, normal or half-normal plots of the effects (also called Daniel plots) are a popular way to visualize them and to judge which are active. This article discusses the ways in which these plots can be confusing and misleading. There are other methods available that are less subjective, easier to explain, more powerful, and less likely to be misinterpreted. I recommend against using Daniel plots, even as a supplement to one of these better analyses.

This paper has been given Open Access by the publisher until October 2017 and can be found at the following link: http://rube.asq.org/quality-technology/2015/04/engineering/the-case-against-normal-plots-of-effects.pdf










Russell Lenth



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