Stat > DOE > Factorial > Define Custom Factorial Design > Designs

You can specify the design columns that are already in the worksheet. If you do not have columns that contain the design information, then Minitab creates new columns.

Standard Order Column
If you do not specify a column, then Minitab creates a column that is the row order of the data. Standard order is also called Yates' order.
• Order of the data: Select this option if no standard order column is in the worksheet or if the standard order is the order in the worksheet.
• Specify by column: Select this option if the worksheet contains a column that identifies the standard order of the experimental runs.
Run Order Column
If you do not specify a column, then Minitab creates a column that is the row order of the data.
• Order of the data: Select this option if no run order column is in the worksheet or if the experimental runs are in the order that they should be done.
• Specify by column: Select this option if a column in the worksheet identifies the order that the experimental runs should be done.
Center Points
To identify center points, Minitab Statistical Software uses a column that contains 0 in rows that are center points and 1 in all of the other rows. If you do not specify a column, then Minitab creates a column with 1 in every row. You can directly edit this new column to identify center points after you define the design.
• No Center Points: Select this option if no column with the correct format is in the worksheet or if the worksheet contains no center point runs.
• Specify by column: Select this option if a column with the correct format is in the worksheet.
Blocks
If you specify a column with multiple values, Minitab Statistical Software can include a term for blocks in the model. If you do not specify a column, then Minitab creates a column with 1 in every row. You can directly edit this new column to identify blocks after you define the design
• No blocks: Select this option if no block column is in the worksheet or if the design has no blocks.
• Specify by column: Select this option if a column in the worksheet identifies which runs are in each block.