Completely randomized design
In the design of experiments, completely randomized designs are for studying the effects of one primary factor without the need to take other nuisance variables into account. This article describes completely randomized designs that have one primary factor. The experiment compares the values of a response variable based on the different levels of that primary factor. For completely randomized designs, the levels of the primary factor are randomly assigned to the experimental units.
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Randomization
By randomization, that is to say the run sequence of the experimental units is determined randomly. For example, if there are 3 levels of the primary factor with each level to be run 2 times, then there are 6! (where ! denotes factorial) possible run sequences (or ways to order the experimental trials). Because of the replication, the number of unique orderings is 90 (since 90 = 6!/(2!*2!*2!)). An example of an unrandomized design would be to always run 2 replications for the first level, then 2 for the second level, and finally 2 for the third level. To randomize the runs, one way would be to put 6 slips of paper in a box with 2 having level 1, 2 having level 2, and 2 having level 3. Before each run, one of the slips would be drawn blindly from the box and the level selected would be used for the next run of the experiment.
In practice, the randomization is typically performed by a computer program. However, the randomization can also be generated from random number tables or by some physical mechanism (e.g., drawing the slips of paper).
Three key numbers
All completely randomized designs with one primary factor are defined by 3 numbers:
 k = number of factors (= 1 for these designs)
 L = number of levels
 n = number of replications
and the total sample size (number of runs) is N = k × L × n. Balance dictates that the number of replications be the same at each level of the factor (this will maximize the sensitivity of subsequent statistical t (or F) tests).
Example
A typical example of a completely randomized design is the following:
 k = 1 factor (X_{1})
 L = 4 levels of that single factor (called "1", "2", "3", and "4")
 n = 3 replications per level
 N = 4 levels × 3 replications per level = 12 runs
Sample randomized sequence of trials
The randomized sequence of trials might look like: X_{1}: 3, 1, 4, 2, 2, 1, 3, 4, 1, 2, 4, 3
Note that in this example there are 12!/(3!*3!*3!*3!) = 369,600 ways to run the experiment, all equally likely to be picked by a randomization procedure.
Model for a completely randomized design
The model for the response is
with
 Y_{i,j} being any observation for which X_{1} = i (i and j denote the level of the factor and the replication within the level of the factor, respectively)
 μ (or mu) is the general location parameter
 T_{i} is the effect of having treatment level i
Estimates and statistical tests
Estimating and testing model factor levels
 Estimate for μ : = the average of all the data
 Estimate for T_{i} :
with = average of all Y for which X_{1} = i.
Statistical tests for levels of X_{1} are those used for a oneway ANOVA and are detailed in the article on analysis of variance.
Bibliography
 Caliński, Tadeusz and Kageyama, Sanpei (2000). Block designs: A Randomization approach, Volume I: Analysis. Lecture Notes in Statistics 150. New York: SpringerVerlag. ISBN 0387985786.
 Christensen, Ronald (2002). Plane Answers to Complex Questions: The Theory of Linear Models (Third ed.). New York: Springer. ISBN 0387953612.
 Kempthorne, Oscar (1979). The Design and Analysis of Experiments (Corrected reprint of (1952) Wiley ed.). Robert E. Krieger. ISBN 0882751050.
 Hinkelmann, Klaus and Kempthorne, Oscar (2008). Design and Analysis of Experiments. I and II (Second ed.). Wiley. ISBN 9780470385517.
 Hinkelmann, Klaus and Kempthorne, Oscar (2008). Design and Analysis of Experiments, Volume I: Introduction to Experimental Design (Second ed.). Wiley. ISBN 9780471727569.
 Hinkelmann, Klaus and Kempthorne, Oscar (2005). Design and Analysis of Experiments, Volume 2: Advanced Experimental Design (First ed.). Wiley. ISBN 9780471551775.
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