Extreme Value Distributions: Theory and Applications

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Imperial College Press, Jan 1, 2000 - Mathematics - 185 pages
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This important book provides a comprehensive survey of the theory and practice of extreme value distributions -- one of the most prominent success stories of modern applied probability and statistics. Originated by E J Gumbel in the early forties as a tool for predicting floods, extreme value distributions evolved during the last 50 years into a coherent theory with applications in practically all fields of human endeavor where maximal or minimal values (the so-called extremes) are of relevance.

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N. BALAKRISHNAN, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He has published widely in different areas of statistics including distribution theory, order statistics and reliability. He has authored a number of books including four volumes in "Distributions in Statistics Series" of Wiley, coauthored with N. L. Johnson and S. Kotz. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute.

CAMPBELL B. READ, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Statistical Science at the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He studied mathematics at the University of Cambridge in England, and obtained a PhD in mathematical statistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of several research papers in sequential analysis, properties of statistical distributions, and contingency table analysis. He is the author of several biographies appearing in "Leading Personalities in Statistical Sciences" and of various entries in this Encyclopedia, and is a coauthor of "Handbook of the Normal Distribution," He is an elected member of the International Statistical institute, has served on the faculty of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and was a Senior Research Scholar in 1987 at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge.

BRANI VIDAKOVIC, PhD, is Professor of Statistics at The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia. He obtained a BS and MS in mathematics at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and a PhD instatistics at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He is the author or coauthor of several books and numerous research papers on minimax theory, wavelets and computational and applied statistics. Dr. Vidakovic is a member of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, American Statistical Association, International Society for Bayesian Analysis, and Bernoulli Society, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

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