Journal of Statistical Theory and Practice

, Volume 1, Issue 3–4, pp 357–375 | Cite as

Optimal Experimentation in Two Blocks

  • J. P. MorganEmail author
  • Bo Jin


Faced with cost, time, or other pressures to keep an experiment small, blocking can be an effective tool for increasing precision of treatment comparisons. The simplest implementation of blocking is a division of experimental units into two equi-sized subsets, allocating one degree of freedom to explain unit heterogeneity. Small experiments will have block size k smaller than the number of treatments ν being compared. This paper solves the problem of optimal allocation of treatments to two small, equi-sized blocks. The solution depends on the optimality criterion employed as well as the ratio k/ν.

AMS Subject Classification

62K05 62K10 


Binary Design Incomplete block design A-optimality D-optimality E-optimality 


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© Grace Scientific Publishing 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of StatisticsVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Merck Research Laboratories, Blue BellUSA

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