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A Biostatistics Toolbox for Data Analysis


  • Date Published: October 2015
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107113084

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  • This sophisticated package of statistical methods is for advanced master's (MPH) and PhD students in public health and epidemiology who are involved in the analysis of data. It makes the link from statistical theory to data analysis, focusing on the methods and data types most common in public health and related fields. Like most toolboxes, the statistical tools in this book are organized into sections with similar objectives. Unlike most toolboxes, however, these tools are accompanied by complete instructions, explanations, detailed examples, and advice on relevant issues and potential pitfalls - conveying skills, intuition, and experience. The only prerequisite is a first-year statistics course and familiarity with a computing package such as R, Stata, SPSS, or SAS. Though the book is not tied to a particular computing language, its figures and analyses were all created using R. Relevant R code, data sets, and links to public data sets are available from

    • Statistical tools are complemented by complete instructions, explanations, detailed examples, and advice on relevant issues and potential pitfalls
    • Students only require familiarity with a computing package such as R, Stata, SPSS, or SAS, as well as a first-year statistics course
    • Online resources include relevant R code, data sets, and links to public data sets
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    'Professor Selvin is a master at making statistical procedures and their complex underpinnings accessible to students of all levels of expertise. This book is a brilliant compendium of Professor Selvin's tremendous understanding of the breadth and depth of biostatistical tools that he delivers to the reader with superb clarity. A broad range of salient statistical concepts are covered, pleasantly anchored with a brief history, described formally for the more initiated reader, and expertly illustrated with real-life data examples that are readily understood by the less mathematically inclined. Researchers from a myriad of scientific disciplines seeking masterful guidance about conducting their statistical data analysis will absolutely want this book at their fingertips.' Gary Shaw, Stanford University, California

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107113084
    • length: 578 pages
    • dimensions: 261 x 184 x 35 mm
    • weight: 1.2kg
    • contains: 146 b/w illus. 290 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Basics:
    1. Statistical distribution
    2. Confidence intervals
    3. A weighted average
    4. Two discrete probability functions
    5. Correlation
    Part II. Applications:
    6. The 2 x 2 table
    7. Linear bivariate regression model
    8. The 2 x k table
    9. The log-linear Poisson regression model
    10. Two-way and three-way tables analysis
    11. Bootstrap analysis
    12. Graphical analysis
    13. The variance
    14. The log-normal distribution
    15. Nonparametric analysis
    Part III. Survival:
    16. Rates
    17. Nonparametric survival analysis
    18. The Weibull survival function
    Part IV. Epidemiology:
    19. Prediction, a natural measure of performance
    20. The attributable risk summary
    21. Time/space analysis
    22. ROC curve and analysis
    Part V. Genetics:
    23. Selection: a statistical description
    24. Mendelian segregation analysis
    25. Admixed populations
    26. Nonrandom mating
    Part VI. Theory:
    27. Statistical estimation
    Part VII. R-Appendix.

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    Steve Selvin, University of California, Berkeley
    Steve Selvin is a Professor of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health at University of California, Berkeley and was the head of the division from 1977 to 2004. He has published over 250 papers and authored several textbooks in the fields of biostatistics and epidemiology. His book, Survival Analysis for Epidemiologic and Medical Research, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2008.

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