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Mahalanobis Taguchi system: a review

Elham Ghasemi (Department of Industrial Engineering, Khaje Nasir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran)
Abdollah Aaghaie (Department of Industrial Engineering, Khaje Nasir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran)
Elizabeth A. Cudney (Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Missouri, USA)

International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

ISSN: 0265-671X

Article publication date: 2 March 2015




The purpose of this paper is to present and analyze the current literature related to developing and improving the Mahalanobis-Taguchi system (MTS) and to present the shortcomings related to this method for future research.


In this paper, articles in the literature are classified to give an overview on the MT strategy. For this purpose, 46 articles are considered for classification from 2000 to 2013 on the basis of: MTS contribution area, description of the issue, and results.


In this paper a review on the concepts and operations of the MTS was provided as a new method in the field of pattern recognition, multivariable diagnosis, and forecasting. A large number of studies were performed in recent years consisting of developing MTS and MTS case studies. The analysis of the articles showed the fields of MTS which had more potential for future studies and developing. The comparison of the MTS to other methods and the selection of the normal group for constructing the Mahalanobis space have received the most attention by researchers. In addition, several studies concentrated on the use of other methods instead of design of experiments, finding applications for multiclass MTS and finding an alternative for the SN ratio.


This paper contains the publications in the field of MTS chronologically and shows different areas for developing and case studies. It will be useful to researchers and professionals who are interested in pattern recognition, multivariate analysis, and forecasting.



Ghasemi, E., Aaghaie, A. and Cudney, E.A. (2015), "Mahalanobis Taguchi system: a review", International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 32 No. 3, pp. 291-307.



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