591 pages, illustrations, tables
Approaching computational statistics through its theoretical aspects can be daunting. Often intimidated or distracted by the theory, researchers and students can lose sight of the actual goals and applications of the subject. What they need are its key concepts, an understanding of its methods, experience with its implementation, and practice with computational software.
Focusing on the computational aspects of statistics rather than the theoretical, Computational Statistics Handbook with MATLAB uses a down-to-earth approach that makes statistics accessible to a wide range of users. The authors integrate the use of MATLAB throughout Computational Statistics Handbook with MATLAB, allowing readers to see the actual implementation of algorithms, but also include step-by-step procedures to allow implementation with any suitable software. Computational Statistics Handbook with MATLAB concentrates on the simulation/Monte Carlo point of view, and contains algorithms for exploratory data analysis, modeling, Monte Carlo simulation, pattern recognition, bootstrap, classification, cross-validation methods, probability density estimation, random number generation, and other computational statistics methods.
Emphasis on the practical aspects of statistics, details of the latest techniques, and real implementation experience make the Computational Statistics Handbook with MATLAB more than just the first book to use MATLAB to solve computational problems in statistics. It also forms an outstanding, introduction to statistics for anyone in the many disciplines that involve data analysis.
"[T]his book is perfectly appropriate as a textbook for an introductory course on computational statistics. It covers many useful topics, which in combination with the well-documented code, make the underlying concepts easy to grasp by the students. [...] Overall, this is a very nice book to be used in an undergraduate or Masters level computational statistics course. It would also prove useful to researchers in other fields that want to learn and implement quickly some advanced statistical techniques."
- Journal of Statistical Software, July 2004, Vol. 11
"I am pleased to see the publication of a comprehensive book related to computational statistics and MATLAB. [...] [T]his book is ambitious and well written. As a long-time user of MATLAB, I find this book useful as a reference, and thus recommend it highly to statisticians who use MATLAB. The book also would be very useful to engineers and scientists who are well trained in statistics."
- Journal of the American Statistical Association, June 2004, Vol. 99, No. 466
What is Computational Statistics?
An Overview of the Book
Conditional Probability and Independence
Sampling Terminology and Concepts
Empirical Distribution Function
GENERATING RANDOM VARIABLES
General Techniques for Generating Random Variables
Generating Continuous Random Variable
Generating Discrete Random Variables
EXPLORATORY DATA ANALYSIS
Exploring Univariate Data
Exploring Bivariate and Trivariate Data
Exploring Multi-Dimensional Data
MONTE CARLO METHODS FOR INFERENTIAL STATISTICS
Classical Inferential Statistics
Monte Carlo Methods for Inferential Statistics
Assessing Estimates of Functions
Better Bootstrap Confidence Intervals
PROBABILITY DENSITY ESTIMATION
Kernel Density Estimation
Generating Random Variables
STATISTICAL PATTERN RECOGNITION
Evaluating the Classifier
MARKOV CHAIN MONTE CARLO METHODS
The Gibbs Sampler
Visualizing Spatial Point Processes
Exploring First Order and Second Order Properties
Modeling Spatial Point Processes
Simulating Spatial Point Processes
Introduction to MATLAB
Index of Notation
Projection Pursuit Indexes
MATLAB Code for Trees
List of MATLAB Statistics Toolbox Functions
List of Computational Statistics Toolbox Functions
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