## Principles of Statistical Inference: From a Neo-Fisherian PerspectiveIn this book, an integrated introduction to statistical inference is provided from a frequentist likelihood-based viewpoint. Classical results are presented together with recent developments, largely built upon ideas due to R.A. Fisher. The term “neo-Fisherian” highlights this.After a unified review of background material (statistical models, likelihood, data and model reduction, first-order asymptotics) and inference in the presence of nuisance parameters (including pseudo-likelihoods), a self-contained introduction is given to exponential families, exponential dispersion models, generalized linear models, and group families. Finally, basic results of higher-order asymptotics are introduced (index notation, asymptotic expansions for statistics and distributions, and major applications to likelihood inference).The emphasis is more on general concepts and methods than on regularity conditions. Many examples are given for specific statistical models. Each chapter is supplemented with problems and bibliographic notes. This volume can serve as a textbook in intermediate-level undergraduate and postgraduate courses in statistical inference. |

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### Contents

STATISTICAL MODELS | 1 |

DATA AND MODEL REDUCTION | 33 |

SURVEY OF SOME BASIC CONCEPTS | 71 |

NUISANCE PARAMETERS | 123 |

EXPONENTIAL FAMILIES | 171 |

EXPONENTIAL DISPERSION FAMILIES | 225 |

GROUP FAMILIES | 259 |

ASYMPTOTIC EXPANSIONS FOR STATISTICS | 335 |

LIKELIHOOD AND HIGHERORDER ASYMPTOTICS | 431 |

A LAWS OF LARGE NUMBERS AND CENTRAL LIMIT | 469 |

B ASYMPTOTIC DISTRIBUTION OF EXTREMES | 475 |

AND FISHERIAN PARADIGMS | 483 |

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ASYMPTOTIC EXPANSIONS FOR DISTRIBUTIONS | 381 |

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