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A. C. Davison, Yadolah Dodge, and N. Wermuth

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198566540

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566540.001.0001

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How computing has changed statistics

How computing has changed statistics

(p.197) 10 How computing has changed statistics
Celebrating Statistics

Brian D. Ripley

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the effects on statistical work of the massive increase in the availability of computers and in their speed and storage capacities. The questions tackled concern the use of this power to work with larger datasets; to use more realistic models and better ways to fit them; to explore much larger classes of models; to attempt a more realistic analysis of existing simple models; and to better visualize data, or fitted models, or their combination. Related issues are discussed using a variety of examples. It is argued that statistical practice is affected most by the type of available statistical software. Open-source software, software quality, and graphical software are evaluated and illustrated using classification trees and serial brain scans.

Keywords:   data mining, classification trees, graphical software, Moore’s law, multidimensional scaling, serial brain scans, software quality, statistical software

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