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Icon, Version 17
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Minitab 17.1.0 running on Windows 8 x64
Developer(s) Minitab, Inc. [1]
Stable release 17.2.1[1]
Operating system Windows
Type Numerical analysis
License Proprietary software

Minitab is a statistics package developed at the Pennsylvania State University by researchers Barbara F. Ryan, Thomas A. Ryan, Jr., and Brian L. Joiner in 1972.

Minitab began as a light version of OMNITAB, a statistical analysis program by NIST; the documentation for OMNITAB was published 1986, and there has been no significant development since then.[2]

Minitab is distributed by Minitab Inc, a privately owned company headquartered in State College, Pennsylvania, with subsidiaries in Coventry, England (Minitab Ltd.), Paris, France (Minitab SARL) and Sydney, Australia (Minitab Pty.).

Today, Minitab is often used in conjunction with the implementation of Six sigma, CMMI and other statistics-based process improvement methods.

Minitab 17, the latest version of the software, is available in 8 languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, & Spanish.

Minitab Inc. produces two other products that complement Minitab 17:[3]

  • Quality Trainer, an eLearning package that teaches statistical tools and concepts in the context of quality improvement that integrates with Minitab 17 to simultaneously develop the user's statistical knowledge and ability to use the Minitab software
  • Quality Companion 3, an integrated tool for managing Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing projects that allows Minitab data to be combined with project management and governance tools and documents.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Getting Started with Minitab 17 at
  2. ^ NIST OMNITAB 80
  3. ^ Source Minitab Products
  • "Minitab Statistical Software Features - Minitab." Software for Statistics, Process Improvement, Six Sigma, Quality - Minitab. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2011. <>.
  • Groebner, David F., Mark L. Berenson, David M. Levine, Timothy C. Krehbiel, and Hang Lau. Applied management statistics. Custom ed. Boston, MA: Pearson Custom Publishing/Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2008. Print

Further reading[edit]

  • Brook, Quentin (2010). Lean Six Sigma and Minitab: The Complete Toolbox Guide for All Lean Six Sigma Practitioners (3rd ed.). United Kingdom: OPEX Resources Ltd. ISBN 978-0-9546813-6-4. 
  • Meyer, Ruth K.; David D. Krueger (2004). A Minitab Guide to Statistics (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall Publishing. ISBN 978-0-13-149272-1. 
  • Hardwick, Colin (2013). Practical Design of Experiments: DoE Made Easy! (1st ed.). United Kingdom: Liberation Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1482760996. 

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