Computational statistics is a fascinating and relatively new field within statistics. While much of classical statistics relies on parameterized functions and related assumptions, the computational statistics approach is to let the data tell the story. The advent of computers with their number-crunching
capability, as well as their power to show on the screen two- and threedimensional structures, has made computational statistics available for any data analyst to use.
Computational statistics has a lot to offer the researcher faced with a file full of numbers. The methods of computational statistics can provide assistance ranging from preliminary exploratory data analysis to sophisticated probability density estimation techniques, Monte Carlo methods, and powerful multi-dimensional visualization. All of this power and novel ways of looking at data are accessible to researchers in their daily data analysis tasks.
One purpose of this book is to facilitate the exploration of these methods and approaches and to provide the tools to make of this, not just a theoretical exploration, but a practical one. The two main goals of this book are:
• To make computational statistics techniques available to a wide range of users, including engineers and scientists, and
• To promote the use of MATLAB® by statisticians and other data analysts.