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RECIPE is a FORTRAN program for determining one-sided tolerance limits (in particular, A- and B-basis material property values) for regression models in the presence of between-batch variability.

Files distributed:

For convenience, Unix users can download a single compressed tar file. After downloading, enter the following command to uncompress and unpack the file:

uncompress recipe.tar.Z | tar -xvf

For convenience, PC users can download the source and data files via a single self-extracting zip file. After downloading, enter the following command to unpack the file:


The software distributed consists of the following files:

     FORTRAN Source    
recipe.f    Main program   
simcov.f    Utility for determining actual confidence levels  
simpvt.f    Utility for simulating a pivotal quantity; useful for highly unbalanced data   
subs.for    FORTRAN subroutines  


Since many users may not have a 32-bit Fortran compiler for Microsoft Windows, the executables for the Recipe program, Simcov program, and Simpvt program are provided. These were created using the Intel version 9.0 Fortran compiler for Windows 2000/XP. Since these were created as console applications, you can run them under DOS or under a DOS prompt window using Windows 2000/XP. These executables were created using the default array sizes.

NOTE: The Windows executables were update 2/1/2008. The previous executables were built using a much older compiler for Windows NT/95/98. If you still have one of these older operating systems, contact to obtain these older versions.


Version: Version 1.0

Last Updated: April 1995

Type of software: Statistical


Mark Vangel

NOTE: Mark Vangel developed this code while he was employeed by the NIST Statistical Engineering Division. Mark is no longer at NIST, but he can be reached at the above e-mail address. Questions regarding downloading and installation of RECIPE can be directed to However, Alan Heckert does not support RECIPE other than providing assistance with downloading and installing the software. If you have technical questions about RECIPE, you may contact Mark directly.


If you obtained this software by anonymous ftp, please send an e-mail message to Mark. If you do this, and provide your contact information, then we will be able to keep you informed about new versions or bug fixes!


This software can be run on most common computer systems (IBM PC Windows 3.1/Windows 95/Window NT, MacIntosh,) and most common Unix workstations. 

Download information:

See information under Description/Summary


The users guide for this program is

Vangel, M. G. (1995), ``A Users Guide to RECIPE: A FORTRAN Program for Determining Regression Basis Values''.  

Vangel, M. G. (1996), ``Design Allowables From Regression Models Using Data From Several Batches'', Proceedings of the 12th ASTM Symposium on Composite Materials: Testing and Design, to appear.  

Vangel, M. G. (1996), ``One-Sided Tolerance Limits for Mixed Models With Two Components of Variance'', submitted, Technometrics.  

Vangel, M. G. (1996), ``ANOVA Estimates of Variance Components for `Partially-Balanced' Mixed Models'', submitted, Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference.  

Mil-HDBK-17, Volume 1, Chapter 8, ``Statistical Methods for Material Basis Values'' (currently a draft under review)  

The on-line version of the user's guide is in PDF (Portable Document Format) and requires Adobe Acrobat to be loaded to allow viewing.

You only need the Acrobat reader. This reader is free and supported for most common computer systems (IBM PC Windows 3.1/Windows 95/Window NT, MacIntosh, most common Unix workstations). For best results with Netscape, it is recommended that you install the reader as a plug-in rather than a helper application. This is done automatically for the PC installation. Other software may also be used to view PDF files (e.g., the latest version of ghostview), although the performance is typically not as seamless as the Adobe Acrobat reader.

Latex and Postscript versions of the user's guide are distributed with the software. The technical documents are available from the author.