Applications of data mining and ‘big data’ increasingly take center stage in our modern, knowledge-driven society, supported by advances in computing power, automated data acquisition, social media development and interactive, linkable internet software. This book presents a coherent, technical introduction to modern statistical learning and analytics, starting from the core foundations of statistics and probability. It includes an overview of probability and statistical distributions, basics of data manipulation and visualization, and the central components of standard statistical inferences. The majority of the text extends beyond these introductory topics, however, to supervised learning in linear regression, generalized linear models, and classification analytics. Finally, unsupervised learning via dimension reduction, cluster analysis, and market basket analysis are introduced.
Extensive examples using actual data (with sample R programming code) are provided, illustrating diverse informatic sources in genomics, biomedicine, ecological remote sensing, astronomy, socioeconomics, marketing, advertising and finance, among many others.
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Walter W. Piegorsch is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Arizona and the Director of Statistical Research & Education at its BIO5 Institute for Collaborative Bioresearch. Professor Piegorsch is an experienced and highly regarded author and editor. He has co-authored one previous book for Wiley, and is a founding and current co-Editor for Wiley's StatsRef: Statistics Reference Online, a comprehensive online reference resource which covers the fundamentals and applications of statistical theory, methods, and practice. He has also been on the editorial board of many scientific journals, and served as joint-Editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association (Theory and Methods Section).
Over the course of a long and distinguished academic career Professor Piegorsch has taught and developed a number of courses in statistics and quantitative literacy, and he is in an ideal position to write this technical introduction to the use and application of statistical methods for informatics, statistical learning, and data mining.
Graduate students of statistics studying environmental data analysis will find this invaluable as will practicing data analysts and environmental scientists including specialists in atmospheric science, biology and biomedicine, chemistry, ecology, environmental health, geography, and geology.
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Two of the authors co-wrote The Elements of Statistical Learning (Hastie, Tibshirani and Friedman, 2nd edition 2009), a popular reference book for statistics and machine learning researchers. An Introduction to Statistical Learning covers many of the same topics, but at a level accessible to a much broader audience. This book is targeted at statisticians and non-statisticians alike who wish to use cutting-edge statistical learning techniques to analyze their data. The text assumes only a previous course in linear regression and no knowledge of matrix algebra.