- 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,010,480 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."
"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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As of 3Q09, they have still not released the software compatible with Mathematica 7.0 leave alone 6.0. A delay of a little less than 2 years - completely unacceptable for a software. Anyway, I think Wolfram is effectively going to put them out of business. Check out these new capabilities in Mathematica itself, rendering a lot of mathstatica's features obsolete.
Also, it look like their "bait and switch" tactics are still causing a lot of heartburn. I am revoking a couple of stars.....(as soon as I figure out how:)
This review is more about the software that accompanies the book rather than the chapters in the book itself. (which of course, is the whole point of the book).
I bought this product about 6 months ago, while I was in the middle of writing a couple of papers and found this to be a great tool. This is one of those rare products that makes useful but complicated things simple and easy. Even those of us who are gifted enough not to be turned off by symbolic prose will agree that there is a certain resistance to explore and learn something that's got mathematical symbols all over it - this piece of software will help overcome exactly that, not to mention how good Mathematica is by itself.
Having said that, if you are not comfortable say, at the level of "Statistical Inference" by Casella and Berger (one of the best books on the topic ever written), then this will do much less for you than you read in its reviews. Also I see from quite a few previous reviews that there is resentment at the authors not being totally upfront about the fact that it requires at least another $[...] (student version) to harness the power of this software totally. The professional version will set you back by about $[...].
Great software. It does amazing things that used to take me hours by hand. Seemingly ugly or unsolvable problems are easily attacked.
Great customer service - I have emailed them a few times both about installation AND STATISTICAL questions and they are great with both. Seem like a pretty well run shop. Despite other reviews, the price is worth it.
Of course, if price is too much of a concern and you have all the time in the world, you can program these in Mathematica yourself - but these pre-programmed functions are much better. (I have tried).
Not for a novice or statistical enthusiast. Please read the title - It does say "Mathematical Statistics" for Mathematica. So make sure you are at least at the level of Hogg/Craig or Casella/Berger etc.
As of 3/08, this is not compatible with Mma 6.0, but the website says they will be releasing the next version in 1Q 08, may be by the end of the month.
(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.