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Datasets used in the workshop

In this workshop, we will use the "Big" dataset available in the "Help > Sample Data" directory in JMP:

  • To open this dataset, go to
    • Help>Sample Data>Examples for Teaching>Big Class

If you want to practice further with real data, the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) dataset is available. To download it, click and choose to Save the dataset as in a location or folder of your choice.

The "Help > Sample Data" directory in JMP contains several data tables from different domains, and some of these will also be used to illustrate examples.

Getting Started

  • Open JMP by double-clicking the desktop icon
  • Read the "Tip of the day"
  • JMP Starter and JMP Menus
  • Set Preferences
  • Open existing data files of several types (JMP, Excel, and other…)
  • Open the JMP dataset "Big Class"
    • Help>Sample Data>Examples for Teaching>Big Class
    • Video 1: Open JMP and explore menus
    • Video 2: Open datasets in JMP

JMP Help

  • Help Menu
  • Indexes: Statistics
  • Books: JMP Introductory Guide and more…
  • Sample Data
  • The “?” tool (Note: this feature does not work on Macs with the Snow Leopard operating system)
  • JMP User Community>JMP Blog
    • Video 3: JMP Help

Exploring the Data Table

  • Table attributes: Rows, columns, the 4 window panels, move columns, edit column names, resize, Column Info
  • Modeling Type
  • Data Type
  • Enter data in a new JMP dataset
    • Video 4: Data Tables

Sharing and Saving Your Work

  • Copy and paste: Select graphs and sections of a report and copy paste into Word, PowerPoint, etc...
    • Use Selection tool to select
    • Then right-click>Copy or Edit>Copy
    • In Word or Powerpoint (or other destination), Edit>Paste or Edit>Paste Special>Picture (Enhanced Metafile)
    • Save your analysis in scripts for re-submission
  • Video 5: Copying and pasting your work; Saving scripts so you can rerun them

Data Transformations (recoding, value labels, value ordering, formulas)

Right click on column or variable name → Column Info

Analyzing Data

Step 1: Univariate Analysis: Distribution

Look at variables or data items (also called columns) individually and appraise and describe their validity.

  • Analyze>Distributions  
    • How are the variables distributed? Are there outliers? Are the outliers invalid data points? Are there corrections that should and can be made?
    • Click on bars in graphics.
    • Right click on points for options to inspect them further.
    • Use lasso tool to choose a group of points.
    • Video 8: Distribution platform

Step 2: Bivariate Analysis: Fit Y by X

Look at the data items or variables in relationship to each other.

  • Analyze>Fit Y by X (This legend indicates on the lower left indicates the appropriate analysis based on the modeling type of the variables.)

  • Look at the relationship between 2 continuous variables
  • Look at the relationship between a continuous variables (Y) and a nominal variable (X)
  • Look at the relationship between 2 nominal variables
  • Look at the relationship between a nominal variable (Y) and a continuous variable (X)

      • Video 9:Fit Y by X platform

Step 3: Multivariate Analysis: Fit model

  • Analyze>Fit Model

Graph Menus

JMP Starter>Graph

Graph Menu (top bar)

Types of JMP Graphs



Scatterplot matrix

** The example graphs were made using the “Lipid” data:Help>Sample Data>Medical studies>Lipid data

Advanced graphic editing

Edit>Layout menu for more advanced graphics editing

Video 10: Graph Builder; Overlay Plots; Charts

Video 11: Scatterplot Matrix

Tables Menu (Subset, join, concatenate/append, stack, split, summarize/tabulate)

  • Subset
  • Join
  • Stack
  • Split
  • Tabulate 

Video 12: Tables Menu

Video 13: Tabulate

SAS Integration

  • SAS-JMP Comparison
  • See Column info in “NHANES_HCM757” dataset. Note SAS name and SAS label attributes