Using EM Algorithm to identify defective parts per million on shifting production process
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The objective of this project is to determine whether utilizing an EM Algorithm to fit a Gaussian mixed model distribution model provides needed accuracy in identifying the number of defective parts per million when the overall population is made up of multiple independent runs or lots. The other option is approximating using standard software tools and common known techniques available to a process, industrial or quality engineer. These tools and techniques provide methods utilizing familiar distributions and statistical process control methods widely understood. This paper compares these common methods with an EM Algorithm programmed in R using a dataset of actual measurements for length of manufactured product.