Statistical Advances in the Biomedical Sciences: Clinical Trials, Epidemiology, Survival Analysis, and Bioinformatics

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Atanu Biswas, Sujay Datta, Jason P. Fine, Mark R. Segal
John Wiley & Sons, Dec 14, 2007 - Mathematics - 640 pages
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The Most Comprehensive and Cutting-Edge Guide to Statistical Applications in Biomedical Research

With the increasing use of biotechnology in medical research and the sophisticated advances in computing, it has become essential for practitioners in the biomedical sciences to be fully educated on the role statistics plays in ensuring the accurate analysis of research findings. Statistical Advances in the Biomedical Sciences explores the growing value of statistical knowledge in the management and comprehension of medical research and, more specifically, provides an accessible introduction to the contemporary methodologies used to understand complex problems in the four major areas of modern-day biomedical science: clinical trials, epidemiology, survival analysis, and bioinformatics.

Composed of contributions from eminent researchers in the field, this volume discusses the application of statistical techniques to various aspects of modern medical research and illustrates how these methods ultimately prove to be an indispensable part of proper data collection and analysis. A structural uniformity is maintained across all chapters, each beginning with an introduction that discusses general concepts and the biomedical problem under focus and is followed by specific details on the associated methods, algorithms, and applications. In addition, each chapter provides a summary of the main ideas and offers a concluding remarks section that presents novel ideas, approaches, and challenges for future research.

Complete with detailed references and insight on the future directions of biomedical research, Statistical Advances in the Biomedical Sciences provides vital statistical guidance to practitioners in the biomedical sciences while also introducing statisticians to new, multidisciplinary frontiers of application. This text is an excellent reference for graduate- and PhD-level courses in various areas of biostatistics and the medical sciences and also serves as a valuable tool for medical researchers, statisticians, public health professionals, and biostatisticians.

 

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Contents

PART I CLINICAL TRIALS
1
PART II EPIDEMIOLOGY
81
PART III SURVIVAL ANALYSIS
157
PART IV BIOINFORMATICS
307
PART V MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS
499
Index
569
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Atanu Biswas, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Applied Statistics Unit at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata in India. Dr. Biswas has authored more than eighty published articles and also serves as Associate Editor of several journals, including Sequential Analysis and Communications in Statistics. He is the recipient of the M.N. Murthy Award for his research in applied statistics. Sujay Datta, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Northern Michigan University and Visiting Research Scientist in the Department of Statistics at TexasA&M University, where he is part of a bioinformatics research program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Datta's research interests include high-throughput data, genomics, and models based on graphs/networks. Jason P. Fine, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and also serves as Associate Editor of several journals, including Biometrics, Biostatistics, and the Scandinavian Journal of Statistics. Mark R. Segal, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. A Fellow of the American Statistical Association, Dr. Segal has published extensively and currently focuses his research in the area of bioinformatics.

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