1st Edition

Basics of Matrix Algebra for Statistics with R

By Nick Fieller Copyright 2016
    248 Pages
    by Chapman & Hall

    244 Pages
    by Chapman & Hall

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    A Thorough Guide to Elementary Matrix Algebra and Implementation in R

    Basics of Matrix Algebra for Statistics with R provides a guide to elementary matrix algebra sufficient for undertaking specialized courses, such as multivariate data analysis and linear models. It also covers advanced topics, such as generalized inverses of singular and rectangular matrices and manipulation of partitioned matrices, for those who want to delve deeper into the subject.

    The book introduces the definition of a matrix and the basic rules of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and inversion. Later topics include determinants, calculation of eigenvectors and eigenvalues, and differentiation of linear and quadratic forms with respect to vectors. The text explores how these concepts arise in statistical techniques, including principal component analysis, canonical correlation analysis, and linear modeling.

    In addition to the algebraic manipulation of matrices, the book presents numerical examples that illustrate how to perform calculations by hand and using R. Many theoretical and numerical exercises of varying levels of difficulty aid readers in assessing their knowledge of the material. Outline solutions at the back of the book enable readers to verify the techniques required and obtain numerical answers.

    Avoiding vector spaces and other advanced mathematics, this book shows how to manipulate matrices and perform numerical calculations in R. It prepares readers for higher-level and specialized studies in statistics.

    Introduction. Vectors and Matrices. Rank of Matrices. Determinants. Inverses. Eigenanalysis of Real Symmetric Matrices. Vector and Matrix Calculus. Further Topics. Key Applications to Statistics. Outline Solutions to Exercises. Bibliography. Index.


    Dr. Nick Fieller is a retired senior lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Statistics and an honorary research fellow in archaeology at the University of Sheffield. His research interests include multivariate data analysis and statistical modeling in the pharmaceutical industry, archaeology, and forensic sciences.