About this book
Scientists often collect samples of curves and other functional observations, and develop models where parameters are also functions. This volume in the UseR! Series is aimed at a wide range of readers, and especially those who would like apply these techniques to their research problems. It complements Functional Data Analysis, Second Edition and Applied Functional Data Analysis: Methods and Case Studies by providing computer code in both the R and Matlab languages for a set of data analyses that showcase functional data analysis techniques. The authors make it easy to get up and running in new applications by adapting the code for the examples, and by being able to access the details of key functions within these pages. This book is accompanied by additional web-based support at http://www.functionaldata.org for applying existing functions and developing new ones in either language. The companion 'fda' package for R includes script files to reproduce nearly all the examples in the book including all but one of the 76 figures.
Jim Ramsay is Professor Emeritus at McGill University and is an international authority on many aspects of multivariate analysis. He was President of the Statistical Society of Canada in 2002-3 and holds the Society’s Gold Medal for his work in functional data analysis. His statistical work draws on his collaboration with researchers in biomechanics, chemical engineering, climatology, ecology, economics, human biology, medicine and psychology.
Giles Hooker is Assistant Professor of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology at Cornell University. His research interests include statistical inference in nonlinear dynamics, machine learning and computational statistics.
Spencer Graves is an engineer with a PhD in Statistics and over 15 years experience using S-Plus and R to analyze data in a broad range of applications. He has made substantive contributions to several CRAN packages including ‘fda’ and ‘DierckxSpline.’