© 2005

Permutation, Parametric and Bootstrap Tests of Hypotheses

  • Contains valuable techniques for reducing computation time,

  • practical advice on experimental design, comparisons with bootstrap, parametric, and nonparametric techniques and a three-part bibliography featuring more than 1,000 articles


Part of the Springer Series in Statistics book series (SSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Pages 13-31
  3. Pages 33-65
  4. Pages 67-78
  5. Pages 79-84
  6. Pages 85-118
  7. Pages 119-142
  8. Pages 143-168
  9. Pages 169-188
  10. Pages 195-208
  11. Pages 229-232
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 255-315

About this book


This text will equip both practitioners and theorists with the necessary background in testing hypothesis and decision theory to enable innumerable practical applications of statistics. Its intuitive and informal style makes it suitable as a text for both students and researchers. It can serve as the basis a one- or two-semester graduate course as well as a standard handbook of statistical procedures for the practitioners’ desk.

Parametric, permutation, and bootstrap procedures for testing hypotheses are developed side by side. The emphasis on distribution-free permutation procedures will enable workers in applied fields to use the most powerful statistic for their applications and satisfy regulatory agency demands for methods that yield exact significance levels, not approximations. Algebra and an understanding of discrete probability will take the reader through all but the appendix, which utilizes probability measures in its proofs.

The revised and expanded text of the 3rd edition includes many more real-world illustrations from biology, business, clinical trials, economics, geology, law, medicine, social science and engineering along with twice the number of exercises. Real-world problems of missing and censored data, multiple comparisons, nonresponders, after-the-fact covariates, and outliers are dealt with at length. New sections are added on sequential analysis and multivariate analysis plus a chapter on the exact analysis of multi-factor designs based on the recently developed theory of synchronous permutations.

 The book's main features include:

Detailed consideration of one-, two-, and k-sample tests, contingency tables, clinical trials, cluster analysis, multiple comparisons, multivariate analysis, and repeated measures

Numerous practical applications in archeology, biology, business, climatology, clinical trials, economics, education, engineering, geology, law, medicine, and the social sciences

Valuable techniques for reducing computation time

Practical advice on experimental design

Sections on sequential analysis

Comparisons among competing bootstrap, parametric, and permutation techniques.

 From a review of the first edition:

"Permutation Tests is a welcome addition to the literature on this subject and will prove a valuable guide for practitioners . . . This book has already become an important addition to my reference library. Those interested in permutation tests and its applications will enjoy reading it." (Journal of the American Statistical Association)

From a review of the second edition:

"Permutation Tests is superb as a resource for practitioners. The text covers a broad range of topics, and has myriad pointers to topics not directly addressed. . . the book gives guidance and inspiration to encourage developing one’s own perfectly tailored statistics…The writing is fun to read." (John I. Marden)


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From the reviews of the third edition:

"All told, Permutation, Parametric, and Bootstrap Tests of Hypotheses garners high marks for its scope and clarity. Graduate students will appreciate its rigorous treatment of diverse topics and ample exercises to reinforce ideas...this text deserves a place in any scientific library." Journal of the American Statistical Association, December 2005

"The book provides a good overview of hypotheses testing and decision theory. … The book is well-written, concise and clearly organized. Many examples and figures illustrate the text. Each chapter is concluded by numerous exercises … to make the fundamental concepts more comprehensive. … My overall impression of the book is very positive. … the book is a valuable supplement to the existing literature and can be recommended to both practitioners and researchers in statistics." (Bernd Droge, Metrika, Vol. 64, 2006)

"This is the third edition of a well known and respected book by Good. … provides a very good overview on decision theory and hypothesis testing. It is well written and does cover permutation, parametric and bootstrap techniques very effectively. I would recommend this book for the statisticians as well as biostatisticians to practice the methodologies provided in this book. This book will be of interest to graduate students in statistics and biostatistics. In addition, this book would be a valuable asset for the library." (B. M. Golam Kibria, Statistical Papers, Vol. 47, 2006)

"Although this third edition has only 45 more pages … the change in title suggests a change in focus from mainly dealing with permutation tests to put equal weight on parametric and bootstrap tests of hypotheses. … It would be excellent as a supplemental text on testing hypotheses and decision theory … . it is excellent for those who want to learn about or to apply permutation methods … . It also has a good general overview of hypotheses testing and decision theory." (Andreas Karlsson, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Vol. 169 (1), 2006)

"This is the third edition of a well known and highly praised book. … It … also includes material on parametric and bootstrap tests but permutation tests take the centerstage. This revised edition has been enlarged by about 25 pages. … The number of exercises has been greatly increased. More interestingly, some of the essential results have now been given in the form of exercises." (Arup Bose, Sankhya, Vol. 67 (1), 2005)

"From the start of the journey into testing hypotheses … the book refers to the author’s personal experience. … This is supposed to benefit the students, instructors and autodidacts … . the book is intended for a two-semester graduate course on hypotheses testing and decision theory. … to the best of judgment, it is a very interesting, profound, modern and useful book." (Gaj Vidmar, ISCB News, Vol. 144 (2), 2007)

"In this book the author explores the use of computational methods for hypothesis testing, and he describes the great advantages that make these methods the most powerful tools among statistical procedures. … The book is clear, readable and very well focused … . This is a book for graduate students and scientists. Practitioners can also take great advantage of it … . In my view, this book should be present in all statistics departments and university libraries." (Ana F. Militino, Journal of Applied Statistics, Vol. 34 (10), 2007)

"This book is the third edition of an evolving text that aims to provide a theoretical background on both parametric and resampling tests. It combines and compares these two approaches in a comprehensive manner, constituting a graduate-level text appropriate for researchers and practitioners. … the book is recommended to researchers who use advanced statistical tests, especially those having to work with uncommon and problematic data … ." (Lefteris Angelis, ACM Computing Reviews, Vol. 49 (5), 2008)