- 2013-03-12 13:54:15
Analyzing Multivariate Data by Lattin, Carroll, and Green fills an important niche in practical statistics for the applied researcher. For a purely conceptual introduction, Sam Kash Kachigan (Multivariate Statistical Analysis) or Joseph Hair et al (Multivariate Data Analysis) are excellent references; for more rigorously mathematical approaches, Johnson & Wichern's and Donald Morrison's texts are excellent. Analyzing Multivariate Data bridges those two poles. The rigorous texts teach how to twirl matrices around like a flaming baton, but unless the researcher has insight into the art and science of the applications of the multivariate methods little will be understood. This is particularly important if the researcher uses point-and-click stat packages. For the applied researcher and grad student who want to know how and when to use the multivariate methods but want accessible supporting mathematics as well, this book is exceptional. I use it to explain the applications of the mathematically intensive methods I am learning in a grad multivariate class.
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