Enumeration of regular fractional factorial designs with four-level and two-level factors

by   Alexandre Bohyn, et al.

Designs for screening experiments usually include factors with two levels only. Adding a few four-level factors allows for the inclusion of multi-level categorical factors or quantitative factors with possible quadratic or third-order effects. Three examples motivated us to generate a large catalog of designs with two-level factors as well as four-level factors. To create the catalog, we considered three methods. In the first method, we select designs using a search table, and in the second method, we use a procedure that selects candidate designs based on the properties of their projections into fewer factors. The third method is actually a benchmark method, in which we use a general orthogonal array enumeration algorithm. We compare the efficiencies of the new methods for generating complete sets of non-isomorphic designs. Finally, we use the most efficient method to generate a catalog of designs with up to three four-level factors and up to 20 two-level factors for run sizes 16, 32, 64, and 128. In some cases, a complete enumeration was infeasible. For these cases, we used a bounded enumeration strategy instead. We demonstrate the usefulness of the catalog by revisiting the motivating examples.


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