An R and S-Plus Companion to Applied Regression by John Fox

By John Fox

"This ebook matches into a wanted area of interest: rigorous sufficient to offer complete rationalization of the facility of the S language, but available sufficient to assign to social technological know-how graduate scholars with no worry of intimidation. it's a great stability of utilized statistical "firepower" and considerate clarification. It meets the entire vital mechanical wishes: each one instance is given intimately, code and information are freely to be had, and the nuances of types are given instead of simply the naked necessities. It additionally meets a few vital theoretical wishes: linear types, express facts research, an creation to using GLMs, a dialogue of version diagnostics, and worthwhile directions on writing custom-made services. "

-Jeff Gill, collage of Florida, Gainesville

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20 The late-eighteenth-century quantifiers of experimental natural philosophy were quite prepared to sacrifice rich concepts in order to promote rigor and clarity. This, indeed, had been advocated explicitly in the influential philosophy of Etienne Bonnot de Condillac. Condillac was a nominalist. He saw no reason to hanker after an understanding of the true nature of things, nor even to suppose that things have true natures. In a world without fixed types, humans are free to impose on nature whatever order best serves their purposes.

Not surprisingly, the involvement of scientists in the setting of standards has become even more crucial since the 1790s. 44 There has been little evidence of disharmony between the interests of science and those of the state or of large industries. ” He quotes Ulysses Grant, who appealed unsuccessfully to Congress in 1877 for governmental testing of materials: “These experiments cannot be properly conducted by private firms, not only on account of the expense, but because the results must rest upon the authority of disinterested persons.

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