Several researchers have reported the regression tree analysis for semiconductor yield. However, the scope of these analyses is restricted by the difficulty involved in applying the regression tree analysis to a small number of samples with many attributes. It is often observed that splitting attributes in the route node do not indicate the hypothesized causes of failure. We propose a method for verifying the hypothesized causes of failure, which reduces the number of verification hypotheses. Our method involves selecting sets of analysis data with the same cause of failure, extracting the hypothesis by applying the regression tree analysis separately to each set of analysis data, and merging and sorting attributes according to the t value. The results of an experiment conducted in a real environment show that the proposed method helps in widening the scope of applicability of the regression tree analysis for semiconductor yield.
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