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Encyclopedia of Biostatistics
(6-Volume Set)

Editors-in-Chief: Peter Armitage and Theodore Colton

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  • ISBN: 0-471-97576-1
    Pages: 4898
    Published: February 1998


    A major contribution to the advancement of applied statistics

    The Encyclopedia of Biostatistics is an outstanding achievement in scientific publishing comprising over 1,200 articles written by more than 800 contributors. It is a truly international work, with extensive coverage of statistical issues pertinent to life scientists, health care professionals and practicing statisticians. Entries commissioned for the Encyclopedia of Biostatistics include basic statistical concepts, practical issues arising in research or medical administration and, at the other extreme, advance methods and theoretical developments. Each contribution has been carefully selected and reviewed through the collaborative efforts of the Editors-In-Chief, Peter Armitage (Oxford, UK) and Ted Colton (Boston, USA), with further assistance from an Editorial Board that spans Europe, North America, Australia, Asia and the Middle East.

    Defining the discipline

    Published in February 1998 the Encyclopedia of Biostatistics comprises six volumes. The term 'Biostatistics' has been used in the sense of 'statistics applied to medicine and the health sciences' rather than to applications in biology in general. The new Encyclopedia complements the established Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences, edited by S Kotz and N L Johnson and published by Wiley. Topics of specifically biostatistical interest have been covered more fully in this new work, and there is less emphasis on theoretical topics and applications outside the medical sciences.

    A single reference setting a new standard

    • Contributions from leading authorities throughout the world in academia, government and industry
    • Written for the professional statistician as well as the layperson
    • Provides a broad coverage of topics of specifically biostatistical interest
    • Includes extensive, well thought out references
    • Many topics are introduced in non-technical language to assist the non-professional statistician
    • Includes a full contributor index

    About the Editors

    PETER ARMITAGE has a Cambridge M.A. in mathematics and a London Ph.D, in Statistics. He was a Statistician for the Medical Research Council from 1947-61, and Professor of Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine from 1961-76. He then moved to Oxford, first as Professor of Biomathematics, later as Professor of Applied Statistics and head of the new Department of Statistics, retiring in 1990. Peter has published Sequential Medical Trials (1960, 1975), Statistical Methods in Medical Research (1971, 1987 jointly with G. Berry, 1994), Advances in Biometry (edited with H.A. David, Wiley, 1996) and numerous papers in statistical and medical journals. His research has centered around the development of methods for medical statistics, especially clinical trials. He is a Past President of the International Biometric Society, International Society for Clinical Biostatistics, and Royal Statistical Society, and edited Biometrics 1980-84. He was appointed C.B.E. in 1984.

    THEODORE COLTON earned an M.S. in Statistics from the University of North Carolina and an Sc.D. in Biostatistics from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He has held faculty positions at Harvard Medical School, Dartmouth Medical School, and Boston University School of Public Health where he is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He was twice the recipient of fellowship awards, from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, for study at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was one of the founding editors in 1981 of the Wiley Journal Statistics in Medicine and has served as editor through 1997, nurturing the growth of the journal from 381 pages in four issues in 1982 to 2972 pages in twenty-four issues in 1997. He is author of the textbook, Statistics in Medicine. Dr. Colton has served as a member of the Editorial Board of the New England Journal of Medicine and has been a biostatistical consultant to the editors of the Journal of the American Medical Association. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association, the American College of Epidemiology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and he has served as president of Biometrics (Eastern North-American Region) and the Statistics Section of the American Public Health Association. He has served and continues to serve on numerous advisory committees and peer review groups for governmental agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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