An introduction to categorical data analysis. (English) Zbl 0868.62008

New York, NY: Wiley. xi, 290 p. (1996).
This book gives a systematic introduction to categorical data analysis. The text is self contained and most of the models are accompanied by a real life example. The author had in mind the needs of practicioners. A list of proposed problems is provided at the end of each chapter and an Appendix gives an account of the features of some popular statistical packages.
Chapter 1 presents a concise introduction to the inference with categorical data. Chapter 2 describes contingency tables and discusses the inferences based on them. Some well known examples illustrate their use, among them Fisher’s tea taster. Chapter 3 treats three way contingency tables. Generalized linear models are discussed in Charter 4, models for binary responses (logistic regression, loglinear models, etc.). A special feature is the discussion of the fitness of a generalized linear model. Six tables illustrate the results of the examined examples.
In Chapters 5, 6 and 8 the particular models are analyzed deeply. Logistic regression is the theme of Chapter 5, loglinear models are treated in Chapter 6 and logit models in Chapter 8. Chapter 7 discusses model building, selection and diagnostics. It also studies methods for detecting the equality of odds ratios, the use of information provided by the order and the behavior of model fitting tests. Chapter 9 introduces methods for the analysis of dependent data. Chapter 10 gives a historical sketch of the development of categorical data analysis.
This book is more adequate for students and specialists without a formation in mathematical statistics than the author’s other book, “Categorical data analysis” (1990; Zbl 0716.62001). It will meet its purpose of raising and stimulating the interest of practitioners of statistics and students. I recommend it as a useful source of information for any person dealing with applications. It is also valuable as a means of instruction.


62-07 Data analysis (statistics) (MSC2010)
62J12 Generalized linear models (logistic models)
62-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to statistics
62H17 Contingency tables


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