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Robust Multivariate Analysis


  • Includes dozens of R functions for making plots and estimators

  • Problems included at the end of every chapter

  • Code available for download on the author's website


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. David J. Olive
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  17. Back Matter
    Pages 479-501

About this book


This text presents methods that are robust to the assumption of a multivariate normal distribution or methods that are robust to certain types of outliers. Instead of using exact theory based on the multivariate normal distribution, the simpler and more applicable large sample theory is given.  The text develops among the first practical robust regression and robust multivariate location and dispersion estimators backed by theory.  

The robust techniques  are illustrated for methods such as principal component analysis, canonical correlation analysis, and factor analysis.  A simple way to bootstrap confidence regions is also provided.

Much of the research on robust multivariate analysis in this book is being published for the first time. The text is suitable for a first course in Multivariate Statistical Analysis or a first course in Robust Statistics. This graduate text is also useful for people who are familiar with the traditional multivariate topics, but want to know more about handling data sets with outliers. Many R programs and R data sets are available on the author’s website.  


Robust Statistics Prediction Region Bootstrap Confidence Region Multivariate Regression Principal Component Analysis Canonical Correlation Analysis Discriminant Analysis MANOVA

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsSouthern Illinois UniversityCarbondaleUSA

About the authors

David Olive is a Professor at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, USA.  His research interests include the development of computationally practical robust multivariate location and dispersion estimators, robust multiple linear regression estimators, and resistant dimension reduction estimators. 

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