When you select or augment/improve a Doptimal design, you can specify how to generate the initial design and how to search for improvements to the initial design. Usually, you change the methods to affect how quickly Minitab finds an optimal design. However, other considerations also affect how long Minitab needs to find a solution. For example, the more terms are in the model, the longer the process to find an optimal design.
 Initial Design

 Generated by sequential optimization
 Specify that Minitab selects all points sequentially.
 Usually, generating all of the design points by sequential optimization is more likely to produce an optimal design that has relatively high Doptimality. An initial design with relatively high Doptimality usually leads to a shorter number of search steps to improve the initial design.
 Percentage of design points to be selected randomly
 Specify that Minitab selects some of the design points at random. The more design points Minitab chooses at random, the faster Minitab produces an initial design. However, more random design points also increases the probability that the points form a rank deficient matrix. Rank deficient matrices are more likely as the number of design points to select approaches the minimum number of points that are necessary to fit the terms.
 Number of random trials: Specify how many initial designs to produce. The higher the number, the more likely that the optimal design has relatively high Doptimality. The lower the number, the faster Minitab produces an initial design.
 Base for random data generator: Specify a base for the random data generator so that you can obtain the same optimal design if you select an optimal design from the same set of candidate points again. When you enter the same base, Minitab selects the same random points, if the order of the worksheet remains the same.
 Search Procedure for Improving Initial Design

 Exchange method with number of exchange points
 Usually, the exchange method finds a solution faster than Fedorov's method because the exchange method considers fewer possible designs
 The higher the number of exchange points, the faster the method produces a solution. Minitab adds the best points from the candidate set, then drops the worst points until the Doptimality of the design cannot be improved further.
 Fedorov’s method
 Because Fedorov's method considers more possible designs than the exchange method, Fedorov's method is more likely to find a more Doptimal design.
 Minitab adds one point from the candidate set and drops another point so that the switch results in the maximum improvement in Doptimality. This process continues until the design cannot be improved further.
 None
 Use the initial design. This method is least likely to find the most Doptimal design, but the fastest to complete.