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Methods of Multivariate Analysis (Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics)

Methods of Multivariate Analysis (Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics)
Author: Alvin C. Rencher
ISBN 13: 9780471418894
ISBN 10: 471418897
Edition: 2
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Publication Date: 2002-03-07
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 738
List Price: $179.00

A primer on the analysis of multiple variables for students and scientists alike

"This book strikes a nice balance between meeting the needs of statistics majors and students in other fields. The discussion of each multivariate technique is straightforward and quite comprehensive. This textbook is likely to become a useful reference for students in their future work."

Journal of the American Statistical Association

"In this well-written and interesting book, Rencher has done a great job in presenting intuitive and innovative explanations of some of the otherwise difficult concepts."


"This book is excellent for an introductory course in multivariate analysis for students with minimal background in mathematics and statistics."


"Excellent introduction to standard topics in multivariate analysis."

American Mathematical Monthly

When measuring several variables on a complex experimental unit, it is often necessary to analyze the variables simultaneously, rather than isolate them and consider them individually. Multivariate analysis enables researchers to explore the joint performance of such variables and to determine the effect of each variable in the presence of the others. The Second Edition of Alvin Rencher's Methods of Multivariate Analysis provides students of all statistical backgrounds with both the fundamental and more sophisticated skills necessary to master the discipline.

To illustrate multivariate applications, the author provides examples and exercises based on fifty-nine real data sets from a wide variety of scientific fields. Rencher takes a "methods" approach to his subject, with an emphasis on how students and practitioners can employ multivariate analysis in real-life situations. The Second Edition contains revised and updated chapters from the critically acclaimed First Edition as well as brand-new chapters on:

  • Cluster analysis

  • Multidimensional scaling

  • Correspondence analysis

  • Biplots

Each chapter contains exercises, with corresponding answers and hints in the appendix, providing students the opportunity to test and extend their understanding of the subject. Methods of Multivariate Analysis provides an authoritative reference for statistics students as well as for practicing scientists and clinicians.

Amstat News asked three review editors to rate their top five favorite books in the September 2003 issue. Methods of Multivariate Analysis was among those chosen.


Developed from Rencher's one-semester course at Brigham Young U., this text provides coverage of the techniques and concepts of multivariate analysis for majors and non-majors in statistics and a review for professionals in many fields. It includes numerous worked examples of the techniques drawn from many disciplines; problems, with answers and hints in the appendix; and an accompanying disk containing all the data sets as well as SAS command files for all examples in the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)