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1st Edition

Smoothing Splines
Methods and Applications

ISBN 9781420077551
Published June 22, 2011 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
384 Pages 94 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A general class of powerful and flexible modeling techniques, spline smoothing has attracted a great deal of research attention in recent years and has been widely used in many application areas, from medicine to economics. Smoothing Splines: Methods and Applications covers basic smoothing spline models, including polynomial, periodic, spherical, thin-plate, L-, and partial splines, as well as more advanced models, such as smoothing spline ANOVA, extended and generalized smoothing spline ANOVA, vector spline, nonparametric nonlinear regression, semiparametric regression, and semiparametric mixed-effects models. It also presents methods for model selection and inference.

The book provides unified frameworks for estimation, inference, and software implementation by using the general forms of nonparametric/semiparametric, linear/nonlinear, and fixed/mixed smoothing spline models. The theory of reproducing kernel Hilbert space (RKHS) is used to present various smoothing spline models in a unified fashion. Although this approach can be technical and difficult, the author makes the advanced smoothing spline methodology based on RKHS accessible to practitioners and students. He offers a gentle introduction to RKHS, keeps theory at a minimum level, and explains how RKHS can be used to construct spline models.

Smoothing Splines offers a balanced mix of methodology, computation, implementation, software, and applications. It uses R to perform all data analyses and includes a host of real data examples from astronomy, economics, medicine, and meteorology. The codes for all examples, along with related developments, can be found on the book’s web page.

Table of Contents

Parametric and Nonparametric Regression
Polynomial Splines
Scope of This Book
The assist Package

Smoothing Spline Regression
Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Space
Model Space for Polynomial Splines
General Smoothing Spline Regression Models
Penalized Least Squares Estimation
The ssr Function
Another Construction for Polynomial Splines
Periodic Splines
Thin-Plate Splines
Spherical Splines
Partial Splines

Smoothing Parameter Selection and Inference
Impact of the Smoothing Parameter
Unbiased Risk
Cross-Validation and Generalized Cross-Validation
Bayes and Linear Mixed-Effects Models
Generalized Maximum Likelihood
Comparison and Implementation
Confidence Intervals
Hypothesis Tests

Smoothing Spline ANOVA
Multiple Regression
Tensor Product Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Spaces
One-Way SS ANOVA Decomposition
Two-Way SS ANOVA Decomposition
General SS ANOVA Decomposition
SS ANOVA Models and Estimation
Selection of Smoothing Parameters
Confidence Intervals

Spline Smoothing with Heteroscedastic and/or Correlated Errors
Problems with Heteroscedasticity and Correlation
Extended SS ANOVA Models
Variance and Correlation Structures

Generalized Smoothing Spline ANOVA
Generalized SS ANOVA Models
Estimation and Inference
Wisconsin Epidemiological Study of Diabetic Retinopathy
Smoothing Spline Estimation of Variance Functions
Smoothing Spline Spectral Analysis

Smoothing Spline Nonlinear Regression
Nonparametric Nonlinear Regression Models
Estimation with a Single Function
Estimation with Multiple Functions
The nnr Function

Semiparametric Regression
Semiparametric Linear Regression Models
Semiparametric Nonlinear Regression Models

Semiparametric Mixed-Effects Models
Linear Mixed-Effects Models
Semiparametric Linear Mixed-Effects Models
Semiparametric Nonlinear Mixed-Effects Models

Appendix A: Data Sets
Appendix B: Codes for Fitting Strictly Increasing Functions
Appendix C: Codes for Term Structure of Interest Rates


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Yuedong Wang is a professor and the chair of the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability at the University of California–Santa Barbara. Dr. Wang is an elected fellow of the ASA and ISI, a fellow of the RSS, and a member of IMS, IBS, and ICSA. His research covers the development of statistical methodology and its applications.


A distinguished strength of this book is the wide variety of real data sets used to illustrate models and methods. … extremely helpful for practitioners … For each method, the book provides all the necessary computational details, including explicit formulae and detailed algorithms. … It is an ideal textbook for a high-level graduate student course and an ideal reference for those who deal with complicated nonparametric or semiparametric regression models. … I think this is a great book on smoothing splines that one should treasure like Wahba and Gu.
—Pang Du, Biometrics, December 2012

… a readable text that focuses on methodology, computation, implementation, software, and application. The book is lavishly illustrated with real examples and incorporates many figures which clearly demonstrate the differences between the various smoothing spline models far more effectively than mere words could ever do. A library implemented in the R language is available to apply the methods described, and the analyses undertaken, in the book. For anyone wishing to explore the utility of smoothing spline models and the ease with which they can be fitted and explored, I recommend this text as your first reference before delving into the technical details of the underlying RKHS.
International Statistical Review, 80, 2012

This excellent book aims at making the advanced smoothing spline methodology based on reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces (RKHS) more accessible to practitioners and students. It provides software and examples to enable spline smoothing methods to be routinely used in practice … The exposition is very clear; the author takes great care to motivate the different tools and to explain their use. When there are different approaches for the same problem, their pros and cons are carefully considered. Throughout the book, the systematic use of RKHS helps the reader to understand the main issues. The book can be used as reference book and also serve as a text for an advanced course.
—Ricardo Maronna, Statistical Papers, September 2012