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Mathematical Statistics with Mathematica (Springer Texts in Statistics) Hardcover – March 8, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0387952345 ISBN-10: 0387952349 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Springer Texts in Statistics
  • Hardcover: 481 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1 edition (March 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387952349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387952345
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN STATISTICAL ASSOCIATION

"This book will be of immediate use to four classes of persons: (1) any person who would do more of the Hogg-Craig-style basics, if only it were much easier, (2) people who work with real data whose needs are ill met by traditional statistical packages (e.g. actuaries); (3) persons whose computational needs consistently bump into the bounds of traditional software (e.g., econometricians working with esoteric distributions), and (4) teachers who want to involve the traditional mathematical statistics curriculum. This book has the potential to revolutionize the teaching of mathematical statistics."

MATHEMATICAL REVIEWS

"This is a really good textbook in mathematical statistics. It presents a unified approach for doing mathematical statistics with the powerful computer software Mathematica that provides an arbitrary-precision numerical engine and superb graphics and a powerful symbolic/algebraic engine that is ideally suited to solving problems in mathematical statistics…For students, this book is not only a text in mathematical statistics, it is an interactive medium to explore…A lot of exercises at the end of chapters is a good argument to consider this book as a perfect supplement to any traditional course in mathematical statistics."

SOUTH AFRICAN STATISTICAL ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER

"This book is unusual and impressive!...The book provides a fascinating, illustrative tour through the theory of mathematical statistics. The material is well-organized...Concepts are presented succinctly and well with a few carefully chosen theorems accompanied by outline proofs. The book could certainly be used in teaching as a companion text for courses ranging from second-year to Honours level. In particualar it would be ideal for an Honours level course on distributional theory. It is an excellent and intriguing text."

"The book is not so much a book about Mathematica as it is a book about mathematical statistics brought to life by computer; it just so happens that their vehicle for doing so is Mathematica, an excellent choice. The centerpiece of the book is the Mathematica add-on mathStatica that Rose and Smith have written, which actually makes Mathematica easy to use. … This book has the potential to revolutionize the teaching of mathematical statistics." (B. D. McCullough, Journal of the American Statistical Association, December, 2002)

"This is a really good textbook in mathematical statistics. It presents a unified approach for doing mathematical statistics with the powerful computer software Mathematica that provides an arbitrary-precision numerical engine and superb graphics … . For students this book is not only a text in mathematical statistics, it is an interactive medium to explore. … A lot of exercises at the end of chapters is a good argument to consider this book as a perfect supplement to any traditional course in mathematical statistics." (M. P. Moklyachuk, Mathematical Reviews, 2003 e)

"This book is unusual and impressive! … Broadly the book provides a fascinating, illustrative tour through the theory of mathematical statistics. The material is well-organized … . Concepts are presented succinctly and well with a few carefully chosen theorems accompanied by outline proofs. … the book provides a fascinating account of mathematical statistics that will appeal to professional statisticians and research students working with distributions. … It is an excellent and intriguing text." (Linda Haines, Newsletter on the South African Statistical Association, June, 2003)

"The present book proposes a professional approach to the statistical theory from the computational and mathematical point of view, using the powerful computer software Mathematica as support for the advanced numeric and symbolic computations. … Addressed at researchers, students, and professional practitioners with a good knowledge of mathematical statistics, the focus of this book is on problem solving rather than mathematical theorems and proofs… . a perfect companion to any kind of (university) course level in mathematical statistics." (Neculai Curteanu, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 989 (14), 2002)


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Rose and Smith have come up with a suite of tools that truly expand the use and power of an already great program.
Roger J. Brown, PhD
I would not normally comment on other comments, but Mr Dudding's assertion (see comment below) that the level is 'barely undergrad' is just silly, if not confused.
Vladimir
I bought this book only to find that mathStatica on the bundled CD does not work with the current 5.0 version of Mathematica.
MGeek

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Bob Losee on March 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Just as a note, the mathStatica CD-ROM that comes with the book requires that you register the software before using it. This is fine if you always run on the same system, but becomes problematic if you use several different systems (as I do.) You can pay an additional fee to have the software run on one system and a second, personal system.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By I Teach Typing on June 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The book looks very good but only if you have over $150 to spend. The book covers Mathematica and using an add on package designed for Mathematica 4. The software included with the book does not work with Mathematica 5 and they want an additional $89 for the version 5 update. If you want to see for yourself the site with deetails on the software is here:
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By MGeek on December 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book only to find that mathStatica on the bundled CD does not work with the current 5.0 version of Mathematica. The website wants $89 to upgrade the version to a "new" version that will work with 5.0. This upgrade costs more than the price of the book! Seems like a classic bait & switch....
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Janice Williams on June 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a splendid book that comes bundled with marvellous software.
(i) Book: The book is roughly the level of Hogg & Craig and up. It is academically precise (no waffle) with an emphasis on problem solving rather than proofs. The CD includes an identical MATHEMATICA version of the book (with navigation palettes that open when you load the software). So, if I want to look up how to create a copula or a mixture distribution or find the pdf of an order statistic or generate random numbers from some arbitrary custom pdf no-one has even heard of before, I just go to the electronic index, click on the entry, and I immediately have a structure for my own example, without having to re-type anything. Very neatly done! And with the bundled software, I can solve problems in a few seconds that took me hours and hours last month. It all fits like a glove and it is a pleasure to use. More importantly, perhaps, it is fun to use. My only gripe is that it would have been nice if some of the pictures in the printed text where in color, but this is a tiny minor gripe because they are already in color in the electronic version anyway.
(ii) Software: The book comes packaged with the MathStatica CD. Book owners can register it for free (basic version); you can evaluate everything in the book with it (it is not crippled) and it includes online ?function Help. I have used several MATHEMATICA applications and the standard/quality of mathStatica is just way ahead. Application packages normally cost $$$ or $$$ or more, so the bundling of mathStatica with this book is like getting Xmas early. Getting a password was a breeze and it turned up in my email box within about 30 seconds.
Most impressed with the book and with mathStatica.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
At the present time (Dec 2003) this software is not compatible with Mathematica 5.0 (check the mathstatica website) and the trial verison of Mathematica which comes with the book expires after 30 days.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Gianola on May 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have decided to use parts of this book to teach complex statistical theory issues to biologists. This allows focusing on the statistical, rather than on the mathematical aspects of inference. For example, the section on parameter-mix distributions can be used to motivate hierarchical or random effects models.
In general, the book is clear and well written. I look forward to a second edition, in which I would like to see some coverage of Bayesian methods and of Markov chain Monte Carlo procedures.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vladimir on January 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This text comes bundled with mathStatica 1.0. The version of the bundled software works fine with Mathematica 4, but not at all with Mathematica 5. Mathematica 5 users need to upgrade to the latest version of the mathStatica software which is mathStatica 1.5 at the time of my writing this. While this costs extra, book owners receive a $70 discount - not too bad given that the book costs a similar amount altogether. The mathStatica software is excellent - I'm not going to review it here - this is a book review, not a software review - suffice to say it won the CompStat Best Software award.

As for the book, this is a modern text with clean modern ideas expressed in a rigorous and clear manner. The CD includes everything as Mathematica notebooks that open chapter by chapter from palettes, live indexing etc - nice.

Much of the material in 'Math Stats with Mma' is similar to Kendall's "Advanced Theory of Stats", and yet despite the material being of an advanced level, the elegance of this text, when combined with Mathematica and the mathStatica software, is that the 'advanced' material becomes 'easy' and manageable, even at an undergrad level, as others have noted. I would not normally comment on other comments, but Mr Dudding's assertion (see comment below) that the level is 'barely undergrad' is just silly, if not confused. Making something that is difficult into something that is easy takes considerable skill and expertise and that is what this text is all about -- whereas any idiot can do the converse: take something simple and make it appear difficult.
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