This example shows Box-Cox transformations with a yarn failure data set. For more information about Box-Cox transformations, including using a Box-Cox transformation in a model with no independent variable, to normalize the distribution of the data, see the section Box-Cox Transformations. In this example, a simple design was used to study the effects of different factors on the failure of a yarn manufacturing process. The design factors are as follows:
the length of test specimens of yarn, with levels of 250, 300, and 350 mm
the amplitude of the loading cycle, with levels of 8, 9, and 10 mmd
the load with levels of 40, 45, and 50 grams
The measured response was time (in cycles) until failure. However, you could just as well have measured the inverse of time until failure (in other words, the failure rate). Hence, the correct metric with which to analyze the response is not apparent. You can use PROC TRANSREG to find an optimum power transformation for the analysis. The following statements create the input SAS data set:
title 'Yarn Strength'; proc format; value a -1 = 8 0 = 9 1 = 10; value l -1 = 250 0 = 300 1 = 350; value o -1 = 40 0 = 45 1 = 50; run; data yarn; input Fail Amplitude Length Load @@; format amplitude a. length l. load o.; label fail = 'Time in Cycles until Failure'; datalines; 674 -1 -1 -1 370 -1 -1 0 292 -1 -1 1 338 0 -1 -1 266 0 -1 0 210 0 -1 1 170 1 -1 -1 118 1 -1 0 90 1 -1 1 1414 -1 0 -1 1198 -1 0 0 634 -1 0 1 1022 0 0 -1 620 0 0 0 438 0 0 1 442 1 0 -1 332 1 0 0 220 1 0 1 3636 -1 1 -1 3184 -1 1 0 2000 -1 1 1 1568 0 1 -1 1070 0 1 0 566 0 1 1 1140 1 1 -1 884 1 1 0 360 1 1 1 ;
PROC TRANSREG is run to find the Box-Cox transformation. The lambda list is –2 TO 2 BY 0.05, which produces 81 lambdas, and
a convenient lambda is requested. This many power parameters makes a nice graphical display with plenty of detail around the
confidence interval. In the interest of space, only part of this table is displayed. The independent variables are designated
with the QPOINT
expansion. QPOINT
, for quadratic point model, gets its name from PROC TRANSREG’s ideal point modeling capabilities, which process variables
for a response surface analysis. What QPOINT
does is create a set of independent variables consisting of the following: the m original variables (Length
Amplitude
Load
), the m original variables squared (Length_2
Amplitude_2
Load_2
), and the pairs of products between the m variables (LengthAmplitude
LengthLoad
AmplitudeLoad
). The following statements produce Output 117.2.1:
ods graphics on; proc transreg details data=yarn ss2 plots=(transformation(dependent) obp); model BoxCox(fail / convenient lambda=-2 to 2 by 0.05) = qpoint(length amplitude load); run;
Output 117.2.1: Box-Cox Yarn Data
Model Statement Specification Details | ||||
---|---|---|---|---|
Type | DF | Variable | Description | Value |
Dep | 1 | BoxCox(Fail) | Lambda Used | 0 |
Lambda | -0.2 | |||
Log Likelihood | -125.9 | |||
Conv. Lambda | 0 | |||
Conv. Lambda LL | -126.7 | |||
CI Limit | -127.8 | |||
Alpha | 0.05 | |||
Options | Convenient Lambda Used | |||
Label | Time in Cycles until Failure | |||
Ind | 1 | Qpoint.Length | DF | 1 |
Ind | 1 | Qpoint.Amplitude | DF | 1 |
Ind | 1 | Qpoint.Load | DF | 1 |
Ind | 1 | Qpoint.Length_2 | DF | 1 |
Ind | 1 | Qpoint.Amplitude_2 | DF | 1 |
Ind | 1 | Qpoint.Load_2 | DF | 1 |
Ind | 1 | Qpoint.LengthAmplitude | DF | 1 |
Ind | 1 | Qpoint.LengthLoad | DF | 1 |
Ind | 1 | Qpoint.AmplitudeLoad | DF | 1 |
The TRANSREG Procedure Hypothesis Tests for BoxCox(Fail) Time in Cycles until Failure |
Univariate ANOVA Table Based on the Usual Degrees of Freedom | |||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|
Source | DF | Sum of Squares | Mean Square | F Value | Liberal p |
Model | 9 | 22.56498 | 2.507220 | 66.73 | >= <.0001 |
Error | 17 | 0.63871 | 0.037571 | ||
Corrected Total | 26 | 23.20369 | |||
The above statistics are not adjusted for the fact that the dependent variable was transformed and so are generally liberal. |
Univariate Regression Table Based on the Usual Degrees of Freedom | |||||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
Variable | DF | Coefficient | Type II Sum of Squares |
Mean Square | F Value | Liberal p | Label |
Intercept | 1 | 6.4206207 | 159.008 | 159.008 | 4232.19 | >= <.0001 | Intercept |
Qpoint.Length | 1 | 0.8323842 | 12.472 | 12.472 | 331.94 | >= <.0001 | Length |
Qpoint.Amplitude | 1 | -0.6309916 | 7.167 | 7.167 | 190.75 | >= <.0001 | Amplitude |
Qpoint.Load | 1 | -0.3924940 | 2.773 | 2.773 | 73.80 | >= <.0001 | Load |
Qpoint.Length_2 | 1 | -0.0856974 | 0.044 | 0.044 | 1.17 | >= 0.2939 | Length_2 |
Qpoint.Amplitude_2 | 1 | 0.0242183 | 0.004 | 0.004 | 0.09 | >= 0.7633 | Amplitude_2 |
Qpoint.Load_2 | 1 | -0.0674555 | 0.027 | 0.027 | 0.73 | >= 0.4058 | Load_2 |
Qpoint.LengthAmplitude | 1 | -0.0382414 | 0.018 | 0.018 | 0.47 | >= 0.5035 | LengthAmplitude |
Qpoint.LengthLoad | 1 | -0.0684146 | 0.056 | 0.056 | 1.49 | >= 0.2381 | LengthLoad |
Qpoint.AmplitudeLoad | 1 | -0.0208340 | 0.005 | 0.005 | 0.14 | >= 0.7142 | AmplitudeLoad |
The above statistics are not adjusted for the fact that the dependent variable was transformed and so are generally liberal. |
The optimal power parameter is –0.20, but since 0.0 is in the confidence interval, and since the CONVENIENT
t-option was specified, the procedure chooses a log transformation. The plot shows in the vicinity of the optimal Box-Cox transformation, the parameters for the three original variables (Length
Amplitude
Load
), particularly Length
, are significant and the others become essentially zero.