Statistical Methods for Environmental Epidemiology with R : A Case Study in Air Pollution and Health, Paperback / softback Book

Statistical Methods for Environmental Epidemiology with R : A Case Study in Air Pollution and Health Paperback / softback

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As an area of statistical application, environmental epidemiology and more speci cally, the estimation of health risk associated with the exposure to - vironmental agents, has led to the development of several statistical methods and software that can then be applied to other scienti c areas.

The stat- tical analyses aimed at addressing questions in environmental epidemiology have the following characteristics.

Often the signal-to-noise ratio in the data is low and the targets of inference are inherently small risks.

These constraints typically lead to the development and use of more sophisticated (and pot- tially less transparent) statistical models and the integration of large hi- dimensional databases.

New technologies and the widespread availability of powerful computing are also adding to the complexities of scienti c inves- gation by allowing researchers to t large numbers of models and search over many sets of variables.

As the number of variables measured increases, so do the degrees of freedom for in uencing the association between a risk factor and an outcome of interest.

We have written this book, in part, to describe our experiences developing and applying statistical methods for the estimation for air pollution health e ects.

Our experience has convinced us that the application of modern s- tistical methodology in a reproducible manner can bring to bear subst- tial bene ts to policy-makers and scientists in this area.

We believe that the methods described in this book are applicable to other areas of environmental epidemiology, particularly those areas involving spatial{temporal exposures.

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 144 pages, X, 144 p.
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Pollution & threats to the environment
  • ISBN: 9780387781662

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