A valuable new edition of a standard reference
The use of statistical methods for categorical data has increased dramatically, particularly for applications in the biomedical and social sciences. An Introduction to Categorical Data Analysis, Third Edition summarizes these methods and shows readers how to use them using software. Readers will find a unified generalized linear models approach that connects logistic regression and loglinear models for discrete data with normal regression for continuous data.
Adding to the value in the new edition is:
* Illustrations of the use of R software to perform all the analyses in the book
* A new chapter on alternative methods for categorical data, including smoothing and regularization methods (such as the lasso), classification methods such as linear discriminant analysis and classification trees, and cluster analysis
* New sections in many chapters introducing the Bayesian approach for the methods of that chapter
* More than 70 analyses of data sets to illustrate application of the methods, and about 200 exercises, many containing other data sets
* An appendix showing how to use SAS, Stata, and SPSS, and an appendix with short solutions to most odd-numbered exercises
Written in an applied, nontechnical style, this book illustrates the methods using a wide variety of real data, including medical clinical trials, environmental questions, drug use by teenagers, horseshoe crab mating, basketball shooting, correlates of happiness, and much more.
An Introduction to Categorical Data Analysis, Third Edition is an invaluable tool for statisticians and biostatisticians as well as methodologists in the social and behavioral sciences, medicine and public health, marketing, education, and the biological and agricultural sciences.
In recent years, the use of specialized statistical methods for categorical data has increased dramatically, particularly for applications in the biomedical and social sciences. Partly this reflects the development during the past few decades of sophisticated methods for analyzing categorical data. It also reflects the increasing methodological sophistication of scientists and applied statisticians, most of whom now realize that it is unnecessary and often inappropriate to use methods for continuous data with categorical responses.
This third edition of the book is a substantial revision of the second edition. The most important change is showing how to conduct all the analyses using R software. As in the first two editions, the main focus is presenting the most important methods for analyzing categorical data. The book summarizes methods that have long played a prominent role, such as chi-squared tests, but gives special emphasis to modeling techniques, in particular to logistic regression.
The presentation in this book has a low technical level and does not require familiarity with advanced mathematics such as calculus or matrix algebra. Readers should possess a background that includes material from a two-semester statistical methods sequence for undergraduate or graduate nonstatistics majors. This background should include estimation and significance testing and exposure to regression modeling.
This book is designed for students taking an introductory course in categorical data analysis, but I also have written it for applied statisticians and practicing scientists involved in data analyses. I hope that the book will be helpful to analysts dealing with categorical response data in the social, behavioral, and biomedical sciences, as well as in public health, marketing, education, biological and agricultural sciences, and industrial quality control.
The basics of categorical data analysis are covered in Chapters 1 to 7. Chapter 2 surveys standard descriptive and inferential methods for contingency tables, such as odds ratios, tests of independence, and conditional versus marginal associations. I feel that an understanding of methods is enhanced, however, by viewing them in the context of statistical models. Thus, the rest of the text focuses on the modeling of categorical responses. I prefer to teach categorical data methods by unifying their models with ordinary regression models. Chapter 3 does this under the umbrella of generalized linear models. That chapter introduces generalized linear models for binary data and count data. Chapters 4 and 5 discuss the most important such model for binary data, logistic regression. Chapter 6 introduces logistic regression models for multicategory responses, both nominal and ordinal. Chapter 7 discusses loglinear models for contingency tables and other types of count data.
I believe that logistic regression models deserve more attention than loglinear models, because applications more commonly focus on the relationship between a categorical response variable and some explanatory variables (which logistic regression models do) than on the association structure among several response variables (which loglinear models do). Thus, I have given main attention to logistic regression in these chapters and in later chapters that discuss extensions of this model.
Chapter 8 presents methods for matched-pairs data. Chapters 9 and 10 extend the matched-pairs methods to apply to clustered, correlated observations. Chapter 9 does this with marginal models, emphasizing the generalized estimating equations (GEE) approach, whereas Chapter 10 uses random effects to model more fully the dependence. Chapter 11 is a new chapter, presenting classification and smoothing methods. That chapter also introduces regularization methods that are increasingly important with the advent of data sets having large numbers of explanatory variables. Chapter 12 provides a historical perspective of the development of the methods. The text concludes with an appendix showing the use of R, SAS, Stata, and SPSS software for conducting nearly all methods presented in this book. Many of the chapters now also show how to use the Bayesian approach to conduct the analyses.
The material in Chapters 1 to 7 forms the heart of an introductory course in categorical data analysis. Sections that can be skipped if desired, to provide more time for other topics, include Sections 1.5, 2.5-2.7, 3.3 and 3.5, 5.4-5.6, 6.3-6.4, and 7.4-7.6. Instructors can choose sections from Chapters 8 to 12 to supplement the topics of primary importance. Sections and subsections labeled with an asterisk can be skipped for those wanting a briefer survey of the methods.
This book has lower technical level than my book Categorical Data Analysis (3rd edition, Wiley 2013). I hope that it will appeal to readers who prefer a more applied focus than that book provides. For instance, this book does not attempt to derive likelihood equations, prove asymptotic distributions, or cite current research work.
Most methods for categorical data analysis require extensive computations. For the most part, I have avoided details about complex calculations, feeling that statistical software should relieve this drudgery. The text shows how to use R to obtain all the analyses presented. The Appendix discusses the use of SAS, Stata, and SPSS. The full data sets analyzed in the book are available at the text website www.stat.ufl.edu/~aa/cat/data. That website also lists typos and errors of which I have become aware since publication. The data files are also available at https://github.com/alanagresti/categorical-data.
Brief solutions to odd-numbered exercises appear at the end of the text. An instructor's manual will be included on the companion website for this edition: www.wiley.com/go/Agresti/CDA_3e. The aforementioned data sets will also be available on the companion website. Additional exercises are available there and at www.stat.ufl.edu/~aa/cat/Extra_Exercises, some taken from the 2nd edition to create space for new material in this edition and some being slightly more technical.
I owe very special thanks to Brian Marx for his many suggestions about the text over the past twenty years. He has been incredibly generous with his time in providing feedback based on teaching courses based on the book. I also thank those individuals who commented on parts of the manuscript or who made suggestions about examples or material to cover or provided other help such as noticing errors. Travis Gerke, Anna Gottard, and Keramat Nourijelyani gave me several helpful comments. Thanks also to Alessandra Brazzale, Debora Giovannelli, David Groggel, Stacey Handcock, Maria Kateri, Bernhard Klingenberg, Ioannis Kosmidis, Mohammad Mansournia, Trevelyan McKinley, Changsoon Park, Tom Piazza, Brett Presnell, Ori Rosen, Ralph Scherer, Claudia Tarantola, Anestis Touloumis, Thomas Yee, Jin Wang, and Sherry Wang. I also owe thanks to those who helped with the first two editions, especially Patricia Altham, James Booth, Jane Brockmann, Brian Caffo, Brent Coull, Al DeMaris, Anna Gottard, Harry Khamis, Svend Kreiner, Carla Rampichini, Stephen Stigler, and Larry Winner. Thanks to those who helped with material for my more advanced text (Categorical Data Analysis) that I extracted here, especially Bernhard Klingenberg, Yongyi Min, and Brian Caffo. Many thanks also to the staff at Wiley for their usual high-quality help.
A truly special by-product for me of writing books about categorical data analysis has been invitations to teach short courses based on them and spend research visits at many institutions around the world. With grateful thanks I dedicate this book to my hosts over the years. In particular, I thank my hosts in Italy (Adelchi Azzalini, Elena Beccalli, Rino Bellocco, Matilde Bini, Giovanna Boccuzzo, Alessandra Brazzale, Silvia Cagnone, Paula Cerchiello, Andrea Cerioli, Monica Chiogna, Guido Consonni, Adriano Decarli, Mauro Gasparini, Alessandra Giovagnoli, Sabrina Giordano, Paolo Giudici, Anna Gottard, Alessandra Guglielmi, Maria Iannario, Gianfranco Lovison, Claudio Lupi, Monia Lupparelli, Maura Mezzetti, Antonietta Mira, Roberta Paroli, Domenico Piccolo, Irene Poli, Alessandra Salvan, Nicola Sartori, Bruno Scarpa, Elena Stanghellini, Claudia Tarantola, Cristiano Varin, Roberta Varriale, Laura Ventura, Diego Zappa), the UK (Phil Brown, Bianca De Stavola, Brian Francis, Byron Jones, Gillian Lancaster, Irini Moustaki, Chris Skinner, Briony Teather), Austria (Regina Dittrich, Gilg Seeber, Helga Wagner), Belgium (Hermann Callaert, Geert Molenberghs), France (Antoine De Falguerolles, Jean-Yves Mary, Agnes Rogel), Germany (Maria Kateri, Gerhard Tutz), Greece (Maria Kateri, Ioannis Ntzoufras), the Netherlands (Ivo Molenaar, Marijte van Duijn, Peter van der Heijden), Norway (Petter Laake), Portugal (Francisco Carvalho, Adelaide Freitas, Pedro Oliveira, Carlos Daniel Paulino), Slovenia (Janez Stare), Spain (Elias Moreno), Sweden (Juni Palmgren, Elisabeth Svensson, Dietrich van Rosen), Switzerland (Anthony Davison, Paul Embrechts), Brazil (Clarice Demetrio, Bent Jörgensen, Francisco Louzada, Denise Santos), Chile (Guido Del Pino), Colombia (Marta Lucia Corrales Bossio, Leonardo Trujillo), Turkey (Aylin Alin), Mexico (Guillermina Eslava), Australia (Chris Lloyd), China (I-Ming Liu, Chongqi Zhang), Japan (Ritei Shibata), and New Zealand (Nye John, I-Ming Liu). Finally, thanks to...