Correspondence Analysis and Data Coding with Java and R

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CRC Press, May 26, 2005 - Mathematics - 256 pages
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Developed by Jean-Paul Benzérci more than 30 years ago, correspondence analysis as a framework for analyzing data quickly found widespread popularity in Europe. The topicality and importance of correspondence analysis continue, and with the tremendous computing power now available and new fields of application emerging, its significance is greater than ever.

Correspondence Analysis and Data Coding with Java and R clearly demonstrates why this technique remains important and in the eyes of many, unsurpassed as an analysis framework. After presenting some historical background, the author presents a theoretical overview of the mathematics and underlying algorithms of correspondence analysis and hierarchical clustering. The focus then shifts to data coding, with a survey of the widely varied possibilities correspondence analysis offers and introduction of the Java software for correspondence analysis, clustering, and interpretation tools. A chapter of case studies follows, wherein the author explores applications to areas such as shape analysis and time-evolving data. The final chapter reviews the wealth of studies on textual content as well as textual form, carried out by Benzécri and his research lab. These discussions show the importance of correspondence analysis to artificial intelligence as well as to stylometry and other fields.

This book not only shows why correspondence analysis is important, but with a clear presentation replete with advice and guidance, also shows how to put this technique into practice. Downloadable software and data sets allow quick, hands-on exploration of innovative correspondence analysis applications.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Theory of Correspondence Analysis
29
Input Data Coding
71
Examples and Case Studies
111
Content Analysis of Text
161
Concluding Remarks
221
References
223
Index
229
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Fionn Murtagh directs Ireland's Science Foundation funding programs in Information and Communications Technologies and Energy. He holds a Ph.D. from the Universite Paris 6 and a habilitation from Universite de Strasbourg. Murtagh held professorial chairs at the University of Ulster, Queen's University Belfast, and now at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and an elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy.

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