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The fact that rubber is variable in terms of its measurable characteristics is quite generally recognized. It is now a common occurrence to find in chemical and engineering journals, articles on statistical quality control and the use of statistics in development work (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Articles in British journals predate these (7). However, you will find an early contribution incorporating the use of analytical methods in an American rubber journal published in 1940, but you will note that the contribution was made by a statistician working in a biological laboratory in London (8). Instead of repeating some of the theoretical statistics, I should like to tell about some of the jobs connected with rubber work in which statistical methods have been of help, and indicate other general types of problems in which analytical methods could serve to advantage. It will not be possible to cover thoroughly the fields of inspection, specifications, and testing.
Sandomire, Marion M.
Chief, Bureau of Ships, Washington, D. C.,