Blocked Regular Fractional Factorial Designs With Minimum Aberration
- Author(s): Hongquan Xu;
- et al.
This paper considers the construction of minimum aberration (MA) blocked factorial designs. Based on coding theory, the concept of minimum moment aberration due to Xu (2003) for unblocked designs is extended to blocked designs. The coding theory approach studies designs in a row-wise fashion and therefore links blocked designs with nonregular and supersaturated designs. A lower bound on blocked wordlength pattern is established. It is shown that a blocked design has MA if it originates from an unblocked MA design and achieves the lower bound. It is also shown that a regular design can be partitioned into maximal blocks if and only if it contains a row without zeros. Sufficient conditions are given for constructing MA blocked designs from unblocked MA designs. The theory is then applied to construct MA blocked designs for all 32 runs, 64 runs up to 32 factors, and all 81 runs with respect to four combined wordlength patterns.