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  1. Functional Data Analysis (Springer Series in Statistics)
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  2. Functional Data Analysis (Springer Series in Statistics)

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Scientists and others today often collect samples of curves and other functional observations. This monograph presents many ideas and techniques for such data. Included are expressions in the functional domain of such classics as linear regression, principal components analysis, linear modeling, and canonical correlation analysis, as well as specifically functional techniques such as curve registration and principal differential analysis. Data arising in real applications are used throughout for both motivation and illustration, showing how functional approaches allow us to see new things, especially by exploiting the smoothness of the processes generating the data. The data sets exemplify the wide scope of functional data analysis; they are drawn from growth analysis, meteorology, biomechanics, equine science, economics, and medicine. The book presents novel statistical technology, much of it based on the authors’ own research work, while keeping the mathematical level widely accessible. It is designed to appeal to students, to applied data analysts, and to experienced researchers; it will have value both within statistics and across a broad spectrum of other fields. This second edition is aimed at a wider range of readers, and especially those who would like to apply these techniques to their research problems. It complements the authors' other volume Applied Functional Data Analysis: Methods and Case Studies. In particular, there is an extended coverage of data smoothing and other matters arising in the preliminaries to a functional data analysis. The chapters on the functional linear model and modeling of the dynamics of systems through the use of differential equations and principal differential analysis have been completely rewritten and extended to include new developments. Other chapters have been revised substantially, often to give more weight to examples and practical considerations.

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This book deals with statistical analyis of multivariate data which may be treated preferably as curves. Examples of such situations include multivariate time series data which are observed at unequally spaced intervals, and two-way data in social sciences, and many high-dimensional data. Since this is the first attempt at a systematic account of this rapidly growing area, it wisely chooses to focus on descriptive and exploratory techniques developed by the authors and others. The readers are well-advised to have some background on smoothing spline which is employed as the key modeling framework.
For curious readers like me, it still leaves more to be desired. For example, the theory is better prepared by Grenander (1981)'s Abstract Inference, while the practice is preceded by the vast work on analysis of space-time field (4-D var) in climate research using EOF, similar to the principal components, but applied to the 2-d field data. I would also like to see more... Read more
Bernie Silverman is a great writer. Once again along with Ramsay he has written a very accessible book on an interesting but difficult topic. Functional data are series of curves. These kinds of data are often treated under the topic of longitundal data analysis and of course they can also be put under the general category of mutlivariate analysis. Because the x axis often represents time you may also view the analysis of these data as falling in the category of multivariate time series.
Jon Ramsay is a professor of psychology who has contributed to the research in multivariate analysis and has a lot of experience with important applications of functional data analysis. He has had many major publications on this topic in leading statistical journals and has made advances in curve registration and in the development of principal differential analysis.

What is exploited in the functional data analysis approach is the treatment of families of such functions through basis... Read more
The authors introduce the field of functional data analysis. In a nutshell, they use the techniques of functional analysis (the field of mathematics that deals with spaces of functions and operators) to extend the techniques of multivariate statistics to situations where the data are functional. Silverman and Ramsay present several very well motivated examples that clearly demonstrate the utility of their techniques.
The techniques presented in Functional Data Analysis are potentially very useful to people working in a variety of fields. Ecologist's building dynamical models, engineers trying to classify sensor readings, and statisticians trying to understand how traditional multivariate techniques generalize to functional data can all benefit from this book.
In addition to presenting interesting and usable ideas, the authors' presentation is clear and easily read. This is a very good book!
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