Multivariate Analysis: An overview

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  • Date: 25 Sep 2012

The body of statistical methodology used to analyze simultaneous measurements on many variables is called multivariate analysis. Many multivariate methods are based on an underlying probability model known as the multivariate normal. Other methods are ad hoc in nature and are justified by logical or common-sense arguments. Regardless of their origin, multivariate techniques invariably must be implemented on a computer. Latest advances in computer technology have been accompanied by the development of rather sophisticated statistical software packages, making the implementation step easier.
Taken from: Richard A. Johnson and Dean W. Wichem, Multivariate Analysis, Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences, 2006.

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