INSTRUCTIONS FOR PULLING DATA FROM TEXTBOOK CD INTO MINITAB
Go to My Computer in the Start menu and select the folder entitled “Mendenhall Data”.
Within this folder, you will find a separate folder for each book chapter. Once you have
opened a chapter folder, you will see the files for the various data sets. They are saved as .dat
You may want to view the file you wish to analyze in Notepad before loading it into your
statistics software. (Note the number of columns included in the data set so you can verify this
later.) If you double click on a file, it will open automatically in Notepad or a similar
program. The data will look something like this:
1 5.2 220
2 5.5 227
3 6.0 259
4 5.9 210
5 5.8 224
To pull data into MINITAB, you can either…
Copy the data and paste into MINITAB Open the data directly in MINITAB
In Notepad: 1. Click File on the menu bar Other Files
Click Edit in the menu bar Select All Import Special Text.
Edit Copy 2. Specify the number of variables in the data
set by entering “C1, C2, C3,” etc. in the
In Minitab: Store data in column(s) box. Make sure you
1. Click File New Minitab have the same number of “C” values
Worksheet (column numbers) as columns in the data
2. Place the cursor in cell 1,C1 (this is file. Then click OK.
actually the third row and second column 3. Specify the disk drive and folder that
in the spreadsheet) contains the external data file, then click
3. Go to Edit Paste Cells. A dialogue OK.
box will appear asking how to interpret
spaces. Select Use spaces as delimiters.
Once the data have been pulled into Minitab, you will probably want to label the columns (the
variable names appear in the examples in your textbook.) To label the columns, left click once
in the cell above the column of data you wish to label, and type the name.
Finally, save the worksheet. Go to File Save Current Worksheet As. In the dialogue box
that appears, select the folder where you wish to save the file by clicking on the arrow to the
right of the Save in dropdown box. To the right of File Name, enter a name, then click the