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Core Statistics

Core Statistics

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  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107415041

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  • Based on a starter course for beginning graduate students, Core Statistics provides concise coverage of the fundamentals of inference for parametric statistical models, including both theory and practical numerical computation. The book considers both frequentist maximum likelihood and Bayesian stochastic simulation while focusing on general methods applicable to a wide range of models and emphasizing the common questions addressed by the two approaches. This compact package serves as a lively introduction to the theory and tools that a beginning graduate student needs in order to make the transition to serious statistical analysis: inference; modeling; computation, including some numerics; and the R language. Aimed also at any quantitative scientist who uses statistical methods, this book will deepen readers' understanding of why and when methods work and explain how to develop suitable methods for non-standard situations, such as in ecology, big data and genomics.

    • Contains over 50 exercises
    • Offers a concise treatment of the core methods of Bayesian and frequentist statistics
    • Presents both theory and computation
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The author keeps this book concise by focusing entirely on topics that are most relevant for scientific modeling via maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference. This makes it an ideal text and handy reference for any math-literate scientist who wants to learn how to build sophisticated parametric models and fit them to data using modern computational approaches. I will be recommending this well-written book to my collaborators."
    Murali Haran, Pennsylvania State University

    "Simon Wood has written a must-read book for the instructor, student, and scholar in search of mathematical rigor, practical implementation, or both. The text is relevant to the likelihoodist and Bayesian alike; it is nicely topped off by instructive problems and exercises. Who thought that a core inference textbook needs to be dry?"
    Geert Molenberghs, Universiteit Hasselt and KU Leuven, Belgium

    "Simon Wood's book Core Statistics is a welcome contribution. Wood's considerable experience in statistical matters and his thoughtfulness as a writer and communicator consistently shine through. The writing is compact and neutral, with occasional glimpses of Wood's wry humour. The carefully curated examples, with executable code, will repay imitation and development. I warmly recommend this book to graduate students who need an introduction, or a refresher, in the core arts of statistics."
    Andrew Robinson, University of Melbourne

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107415041
    • length: 258 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 43 b/w illus. 2 tables 51 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Random variables
    2. R
    3. Statistical models and inference
    4. Theory of maximum likelihood estimation
    5. Numerical maximum likelihood estimation
    6. Bayesian computation
    7. Linear models.

  • Author

    Simon N. Wood, University of Bath
    Simon N. Wood works as a Professor of Statistics at the University of Bath and currently holds an established research fellowship from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. He is author of the widely used R package mgcv for smooth statistical modelling and the book Generalized Additive Models: An Introduction with R, as well as a number of well-cited papers on associated statistical methods. Originally trained in physics, before a spell in theoretical ecology, he has twenty years' experience of teaching statistics at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including teaching the 'statistical computing' module of the UK Academy for PhD training in statistics, for several years.

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