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The essential introduction to the theory and application of linear models—now in a valuable new edition

Since most advanced statistical tools are generalizations of the linear model, it is neces-sary to first master the linear model in order to move forward to more advanced concepts. The linear model remains the main tool of the applied statistician and is central to the training of any statistician regardless of whether the focus is applied or theoretical. This completely revised and updated new edition successfully develops the basic theory of linear models for regression, analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, and linear mixed models. Recent advances in the methodology related to linear mixed models, generalized linear models, and the Bayesian linear model are also addressed.

Linear Models in Statistics, Second Edition includes full coverage of advanced topics, such as mixed and generalized linear models, Bayesian linear models, two-way models with empty cells, geometry of least squares, vector-matrix calculus, simultaneous inference, and logistic and nonlinear regression. Algebraic, geometrical, frequentist, and Bayesian approaches to both the inference of linear models and the analysis of variance are also illustrated. Through the expansion of relevant material and the inclusion of the latest technological developments in the field, this book provides readers with the theoretical foundation to correctly interpret computer software output as well as effectively use, customize, and understand linear models.

This modern Second Edition features:

  • New chapters on Bayesian linear models as well as random and mixed linear models
  • Expanded discussion of two-way models with empty cells
  • Additional sections on the geometry of least squares
  • Updated coverage of simultaneous inference

The book is complemented with easy-to-read proofs, real data sets, and an extensive bibliography. A thorough review of the requisite matrix algebra has been addedfor transitional purposes, and numerous theoretical and applied problems have been incorporated with selected answers provided at the end of the book. A related Web site includes additional data sets and SAS® code for all numerical examples.

Linear Model in Statistics, Second Edition is a must-have book for courses in statistics, biostatistics, and mathematics at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. It is also an invaluable reference for researchers who need to gain a better understanding of regression and analysis of variance.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This indeed clearly written book will do great service for advanced undergraduate and also for PhD students." (International Statistical Review, December 2008)

"This indeed clearly written book will do great service for advanced undergraduate and also for PhD students." (International Statistical Review, Dec 2008)

"This well-written book represents various topics on linear models with great clarity in an easy-to-understand style." (CHOICE, Aug 2008)

SciTech Book News
Rencher...offers a textbook for a one-semester advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate course.... He includes more material than can actually squeeze into one semester...a good idea in statistics.
An excellent book. Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate and graduate students; professionals.
I would recommend the book to anyone as a reference book for the topics covered.... The book should also be a strong candidate for any M.S. course in linear models because of the numerous exercises with solutions and clear writing style.
Rencher (statistics, Brigham Young U.) offers a textbook for a one- semester advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate course for students who are conversant in calculus and matrix algebra and in statistics theory to the level of distribution of random variables, expected values, moment-generating functions, and elementary estimation and testing hypotheses. He includes more material than can actually squeeze into one semester to give the instructor some wiggle room<-->always a good idea in statistics. His goal is to prepare students to understand applications better and to read more deeply on such topics as mixed models and generalized linear models. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471754985
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/9/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 1.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Alvin C. Rencher, PhD, is Professor of Statistics at Brigham Young University. Dr. Rencher is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the author of Methods of Multivariate Analysis and Multivariate Statistical Inference and Applications, both published by Wiley.

G. Bruce Schaalje, PhD, is Professor of Statistics at Brigham Young University. He has authored over 120 journal articles in his areas of research interest, which include mixed linear models, small sample inference, and design of experiments.

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Table of Contents


1. Introduction.

2. Matrix Algebra.

3. Random Vectors and Matrices.

4. Multivariate Normal Distribution.

5. Distribution of Quadratic Forms in y.

6. Simple Linear Regression.

7. Multiple Regression: Estimation.

8. Multiple Regression: tests of Hypotheses and Confidence Intervals.

9. Multiple Regression: Model Validation and Diagnostics.

10. Multiple Regression: random x's.

11. Multiple Regression: Bayesian Inference.

12. Analysis-of-Variance Models.

13. One-Way Analysis-of-Variance: balanced Case.

14. Two-Way Analysis-of Variance: Balanced Case.

15. Analysis-of-Variance: The Cell Means Model for Unbalanced Data.

16. Analysis-of-Covariance.

17. Linear Mixed Models.

18. Additional Models.

Appendix A. Answers and Hits to the Problems.



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