In the area of applied statistics, scientists use statistical distributions to model a wide range of practical problems, from modeling the size grade distribution of onions to modeling global positioning data. To apply these probability models successfully, practitioners and researchers must have a thorough understanding of the theory as well as a familiarity with the practical situations. The Handbook of Statistical Distributions with Applications is the first reference to combine popular probability distribution models, formulas, applications, and software to assist you in computing probabilities, percentiles, moments, and other statistics.
Presenting both common and specialized probability distribution models, as well as providing applications with practical examples, this handbook offers comprehensive coverage of plots of probability density functions, methods of computing probability and percentiles, algorithms for random number generation, and inference, including point estimation, hypothesis tests, and sample size determination. The book discusses specialized distributions, some nonparametric distributions, tolerance factors for a multivariate normal distribution, and the distribution of the sample correlation coefficient, among others.
Developed by the author, the StatCal software (available for download at www.crcpress.com), along with the text, offers a useful reference for computing various table values. By using the software, you can compute probabilities, parameters, and moments; find exact tests; and obtain exact confidence intervals for distributions, such as binomial, hypergeometric, Poisson, negative binomial, normal, lognormal, inverse Gaussian, and correlation coefficient.
In the applied statistics world, the Handbook of Statistical Distributions with Applications is now the reference for examining distribution functions - including univariate, bivariate normal, and multivariate - their definitions, their use in statistical inference, and their algorithms for random number generation.
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Quite simply, this book is a masterwork. ... an essential resource for anyone who models data, or creates applications which require reference to, or make use of, statistical distribution functions or random variable sampling/generation. The accompanying PC program is a true application in its own right, neat, tidy, and very, very useful. To have this and the book represents a unique reference work. ... easily understandable by undergraduate as well as graduate scientists and statisticians ... an essential part of the toolkit for professionals working in the quantitative sciences ... a remarkable achievement for the author who so obviously has taken great care over many years to assemble and perfect the software and reference work. This is a book worthy of a prize.
― Paul Barrett, University of Auckland, New Zealand
...it seems indeed that the book has a chance of becoming a highly valued practitioner’s reference ... .
― Journal of the Royal Statistical Society
I recommend the StatCalc software as a useful quick way to obtain and/or check (relative) simple statistical calculations, and the book as its accompanying manual . . . many statisticians might find StatCalc a handy addition to their computer desktops, particularly (in my case) with teaching in mind!
― M.C. Jones, Open University, in Journal of Applied Statistics, Jan. 2008, Vol. 35, No. 2
In summary, this book can be recommended to statistical practitioners who need a comprehensive yet brief reference on statistical distributions with applications.
― Brian Wiens, Gilead Sciences, Inc., in The American Statistician, Nov.2007, Vol. 61, No. 4
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