Logistic Regression: A Self-Learning Text / Edition 3

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Overview

This very popular textbook is now in its third edition. Whether students or working professionals, readers appreciate its unique "lecture book" format. They often say the book reads like they are listening to an outstanding lecturer. This edition includes three new chapters, an updated computer appendix, and an expanded section about modeling guidelines that consider causal diagrams.

Like previous editions, this textbook provides a highly readable description of fundamental and more advanced concepts and methods of logistic regression. It is suitable for researchers and statisticians in medical and other life sciences as well as academicians teaching second-level regression methods courses.

The new chapters are:

• Additional Modeling Strategy Issues, including strategy with several exposures, screening variables, collinearity, influential observations and multiple-testing

• Assessing Goodness to Fit for Logistic Regression

• Assessing Discriminatory Performance of a Binary Logistic Model: ROC Curves

The Computer Appendix provides step-by-step instructions for using STATA (version 10.0), SAS (version 9.2), and SPSS (version 16) for procedures described in the main text.

David Kleinbaum is Professor of Epidemiology at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Kleinbaum is internationally known for his innovative textbooks and teaching on epidemiological methods, multiple linear regression, logistic regression, and survival analysis. He has taught more than 200 courses worldwide. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, he received the first Association of Schools of Public Health Pfizer Award for Distinguished Career Teaching in 2005.

Mitchel Klein is Research Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Environmental and Occupational Health Department and the Epidemiology Department at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. He has successfully designed and taught epidemiologic methods physicians at Emory’s Master of Science in Clinical Research Program. Dr. Klein is co-author with Dr. Kleinbaum of the second edition of Survival Analysis-A Self-Learning Text.

This book contains no illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
From the reviews of the third edition:

“The third edition of this book continues the tradition of the authors of a two-column book that really does act as a self-learning text. The left-hand column is like a collection of PowerPoint slides, including generic-style computer output and diagrams to visualize the relationship between concepts. Each chapter contains about 10 exercises, some routine calculation and some asking for explanation of particular points. Answers are provided immediately. … The reference list includes about 40 items and has been updated to include publications up to 2008.” (Alice Richardson, International Statistical Review, Vol. 79 (2), 2011)

Viswanathan Ramakrishnan
This book on logistic regression, written by a widely published statistician, covers most of the general concepts on the topic. The "lecture-book" style of presentation is unique and provides a useful tool for teaching. The purpose is to provide a self-learning book for those who do not have the time or opportunity to participate in a formal course on logistic regression. This book will be most useful for students who have taken some preliminary statistics classes with or without previous exposure to the topic of logistic regression. The book does not require a strong background in calculus or mathematical statistics. The lecture-book format is interesting even though it takes a while to get used to. At first a reader might ignore the left column in each page completely and read the right column, which follows a standard textbook format. However, once one gets used to using the examples and the lecture-style presentation in the left columns, it proves to be very helpful. This book is very well written and provides excellent explanations of the major concepts in the logistic regression methodology. An audio version of the right columns of the book is available. It would be interesting to see how the numerous formulas are conveyed verbally. The major limitation of the book is that it does not provide any information on how one could use software (such as SAS, SPSS, BMDP, etc.) to apply the methods to analyze data. Inclusion of such information is crucial in this type of book, especially because logistic regression analysis involves nonlinear estimation through iterative procedures and hence cannot be performed using hand calculators. I recommend this book for a course for nonstatisticsmajors that has logistic regression as its major focus.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Viswanathan Ramakrishnan, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book on logistic regression, written by a widely published statistician, covers most of the general concepts on the topic. The "lecture-book" style of presentation is unique and provides a useful tool for teaching.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a self-learning book for those who do not have the time or opportunity to participate in a formal course on logistic regression.
Audience: This book will be most useful for students who have taken some preliminary statistics classes with or without previous exposure to the topic of logistic regression. The book does not require a strong background in calculus or mathematical statistics.
Features: The lecture-book format is interesting even though it takes a while to get used to. At first a reader might ignore the left column in each page completely and read the right column, which follows a standard textbook format. However, once one gets used to using the examples and the lecture-style presentation in the left columns, it proves to be very helpful.
Assessment: This book is very well written and provides excellent explanations of the major concepts in the logistic regression methodology. An audio version of the right columns of the book is available. It would be interesting to see how the numerous formulas are conveyed verbally. The major limitation of the book is that it does not provide any information on how one could use software (such as SAS, SPSS, BMDP, etc.) to apply the methods to analyze data. Inclusion of such information is crucial in this type of book, especially because logistic regression analysis involves nonlinear estimation through iterative procedures and hence cannot be performed using hand calculators. I recommend this book for a course for nonstatistics majors that has logistic regression as its major focus.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441917416
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Series: Statistics for Biology and Health Series
  • Edition description: 3rd ed. 2010
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 702
  • Sales rank: 601,712
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

to Logistic Regression.- Important Special Cases of the Logistic Model.- Computing the Odds Ratio in Logistic Regression.- Maximum Likelihood Techniques: An Overview.- Statistical Inferences Using Maximum Likelihood Techniques.- Modeling Strategy Guidelines.- Modeling Strategy for Assessing Interaction and Confounding.- Additional Modeling Strategy Issues.- Assessing Goodness of Fit for Logistic Regression.- Assessing Discriminatory Performance of a Binary Logistic Model: ROC Curves.- Analysis of Matched Data Using Logistic Regression.- Polytomous Logistic Regression.- Ordinal Logistic Regression.- Logistic Regression for Correlated Data: GEE.- GEE Examples.- Other Approaches for Analysis of Correlated Data.

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