Synopses & Reviews
The Statistical Analysis of Discrete Data provides an up-to-date introduction to methods for analyzing discrete data. The text covers both single-sample problems and problems with structured means which can be studied via loglinear and logistic models. Standard estimation and testing formulations are joined by formulations in terms of multiple comparisons, simultaneous interval construction, and ranking and selection. Where possible, connections with linear model theory for continuous responses are exploited to emphasize the relationships between the two areas. Recent research in areas such as graphical models for contingency tabels, Bayes and related estimation for loglinear models, and diagnostics for logistic regression is presented. Problems at the end of each chapter provide opportunities to both try out methods in the text on data from a wide variety of fields and to explore extensions of the material covered. The book is intended as a textbook for researchers both in- and outside of the statistics field who encounter discrete data.
Review
"The book incorporates a good selection from the broad range of recent research advances... The text shows both the practical experience and the theoretical knowledge of the authors." (Computational Statistics)
Synopsis
The Statistical Analysis of Discrete Data provides an introduction to cur rent statistical methods for analyzing discrete response data. The book can be used as a course text for graduate students and as a reference for researchers who analyze discrete data. The book's mathematical prereq uisites are linear algebra and elementary advanced calculus. It assumes a basic statistics course which includes some decision theory, and knowledge of classical linear model theory for continuous response data. Problems are provided at the end of each chapter to give the reader an opportunity to ap ply the methods in the text, to explore extensions of the material covered, and to analyze data with discrete responses. In the text examples, and in the problems, we have sought to include interesting data sets from a wide variety of fields including political science, medicine, nuclear engineering, sociology, ecology, cancer research, library science, and biology. Although there are several texts available on discrete data analysis, we felt there was a need for a book which incorporated some of the myriad recent research advances. Our motivation was to introduce the subject by emphasizing its ties to the well-known theories of linear models, experi mental design, and regression diagnostics, as well as to describe alterna tive methodologies (Bayesian, smoothing, etc. ); the latter are based on the premise that external information is available. These overriding goals, to gether with our own experiences and biases, have governed our choice of topics."
Description
Includes bibliographical references (p. [310]-339) and indexes.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction.- Univariate Discrete Responses.- Loglinear Models.- Cross-Classified Data.- Univariate Discrete Data With Covariates.- Appendices.- References.- List of Notation.- Index of Data Sets.- Author Index.- Subject Index.