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Handbook of Fitting Statistical Distributions with R [Hardcover]

by Zaven A. Karian, Edward J. Dudewicz

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Book Description

October 1, 2010 1584887117 978-1584887119 Har/Com

With the development of new fitting methods, their increased use in applications, and improved computer languages, the fitting of statistical distributions to data has come a long way since the introduction of the generalized lambda distribution (GLD) in 1969. Handbook of Fitting Statistical Distributions with R presents the latest and best methods, algorithms, and computations for fitting distributions to data. It also provides in-depth coverage of cutting-edge applications.

The book begins with commentary by three GLD pioneers: John S. Ramberg, Bruce Schmeiser, and Pandu R. Tadikamalla. These leaders of the field give their perspectives on the development of the GLD. The book then covers GLD methodology and Johnson, kappa, and response modeling methodology fitting systems. It also describes recent additions to GLD and generalized bootstrap methods as well as a new approach to goodness-of-fit assessment. The final group of chapters explores real-world applications in agriculture, reliability estimation, hurricanes/typhoons/cyclones, hail storms, water systems, insurance and inventory management, and materials science. The applications in these chapters complement others in the book that deal with competitive bidding, medicine, biology, meteorology, bioassays, economics, quality management, engineering, control, and planning.

New results in the field have generated a rich array of methods for practitioners. Making sense of this extensive growth, this comprehensive and authoritative handbook improves your understanding of the methodology and applications of fitting statistical distributions. The accompanying CD-ROM includes the R programs used for many of the computations.



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… reading through this book is certainly an enlightening experience—many different aspects of GLD modeling are shown and motivated (including the interesting potential for GLD mixture use in chromatographic spectra modelling). Interesting and idea-rich presentations of much more general approaches appear in various chapters …
ISCB News, June 2012

About the Author

Zaven A. Karian holds the Benjamin Barney Chair of Mathematics and is a professor of mathematics and computer science at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. For over thirty-five years, Dr. Karian has been active as an instructor, researcher, and consultant in mathematics, computer science, statistics, and simulation. He has taught many workshops and short courses at various educational institutions, conferences, and professional societies.

Edward J. Dudewicz is a professor of mathematics at Syracuse University in New York. With more than four decades of experience, Dr. Dudewicz is internationally recognized for his solution of the heteroscedastic selection problem, his work on fitting statistical distributions, his development of the multivariate heteroscedastic method, and his solution of the Behrens–Fisher problem.


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