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Discriminant Analysis and Statistical Pattern Recognition

Discriminant Analysis and Statistical Pattern Recognition

Geoffrey McLachlan

ISBN: 978-0-471-72529-9

Jan 2005

526 pages


The Wiley-Interscience Paperback Series consists of selected books that have been made more accessible to consumers in an effort to increase global appeal and general circulation. With these new unabridged softcover volumes, Wiley hopes to extend the lives of these works by making them available to future generations of statisticians, mathematicians, and scientists.

"For both applied and theoretical statisticians as well as investigators working in the many areas in which relevant use can be made of discriminant techniques, this monograph provides a modern, comprehensive, and systematic account of discriminant analysis, with the focus on the more recent advances in the field."
–SciTech Book News

". . . a very useful source of information for any researcher working in discriminant analysis and pattern recognition."
–Computational Statistics

Discriminant Analysis and Statistical Pattern Recognition provides a systematic account of the subject. While the focus is on practical considerations, both theoretical and practical issues are explored. Among the advances covered are regularized discriminant analysis and bootstrap-based assessment of the performance of a sample-based discriminant rule, and extensions of discriminant analysis motivated by problems in statistical image analysis. The accompanying bibliography contains over 1,200 references.


1. General Introduction.

2. Likelihood-Based Approaches to Discrimination.

3. Discrimination via Normal Models.

4. Distributional Results for Discrimination via Normal Models.

5. Some Practical Aspects and Variants of Normal Theory-Based Discriminant Rules.

6. Data Analytic Considerations with Normal Theory-Based Discriminant Analysis.

7. Parametric Discrimination via Nonnormal Models.

8. Logistic Discrimination.

9. Nonparametric Discrimination.

10. Estimation of Error Rates.

11. Assessing the Reliability of the Estimated Posterior Probabilities of Group Membership.

12. Selection of Feature Variables in Discriminan Analysis.

13. Statistical Image Analysis.


Author Index.

Subject Index.


“ … in my opinion (this book) has been proved .. to be a valuable resource (and) should not be overlooked by any scholarly library.”  (Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, June 2005)