Discrimination and Classification, Round 1

  • Bernard Flury
Part of the Springer Texts in Statistics book series (STS)


Discriminant analysis and related methods, treated in Chapters 5 to 7, are the central topics of this course. Chapter 5 gives an introduction on a mostly descriptive level, ignoring questions of statistical inference. The mathematical level of Chapter 5 is moderate, and all concepts are explained at great length, hoping that even students without a strong mathematical background will be able to master most of the material. Chapter 6 gives an introduction to problems of statistical inference that arise naturally from the setup of discriminant analysis: testing for equality of mean vectors, confidence regions for mean vectors, and related problems for discriminant functions. Then Chapter 7 resumes the classification theory on a more abstract level and gives brief introductions to related topics, such as logistic regression and multivariate analysis of variance.


Posterior Probability Discriminant Function Prior Probability Covariance Matrice Normal Theory 
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Suggested Further Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard Flury
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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