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Generalized Additive Models: An Introduction with R
by Simon Wood
Now in widespread use, generalized additive models (GAMs) have evolved into a standard statistical methodology of considerable flexibility. While Hastie and Tibshirani's outstanding 1990 research monograph on GAMs is largely responsible for this, there has been a long-standing need for an accessible introductory treatment of the subject that also emphasizes recent ...more
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published February 27th 2006 by Chapman & Hall/CRC
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This book starts with an excellent sentence: "I assume that most people are interested in statistical models in order to use them, rather than to gaze upon the mathematical beauty of their structure, and for this reason I have tried to keep this book practically focused" (Preface, XVI). I was full of hope! Here, finally, a statistician, who can explain how and why to use statistics (this particular model, in this case). Well, the greater the hope, the greater the disappointment. This book ...more