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Last updated 08 January 2019

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Gfroerer, Joseph. War Stories from the Drug Survey (a history of the US NSDUH). CUP 2019. ISBN 978-1-107-12270-3
Gonstalla, Esther. The Ocean Book: how endangered are our seas. oekom, Munich; 2018. ISBN 978-3-96238-034-2 (a book of infographics)
Golan, Amos. Foundations of Info-Metrics: Modeling, Inference, and Imperfect Information. OUP 2018. ISBN: 9780199349531
Twisk, Jos. Applied Mixed Model Analysis: A Practical Guide (Practical Guides to Biostatistics and Epidemiology). CUP (due Mar 2019)
Valliant, Richard, Dever, Jill A., Kreuter, Frauke. Practical Tools for Designing and Weighting Survey Samples. Springer 2018. ISBN 978-3-319-93631-4
Nualart, David & Nualart Eulalia; Introduction to Malliavin Calculus. CUP; Dec 2018; ISBN 9781107611986 pbk
Vershynin, Roman; High-Dimensional Probability. CUP; Nov 2018; ISBN 9781108415194 hbk
Bose, Arup. Random Circulant Matrices. Chapman & Hall/CRC; Oct 2018; ISBN 978-1-1383-5109-7
Hay-Jahans, Christopher. R Companion to Elementary Applied Statistics. Chapman & Hall/CRC; Oct 2018; ISBN 978-1-138-32925-6
Regenstein, Jr., Jonathan K. Reproducible Finance with R: Code Flows and Shiny Apps for Portfolio Analysis. Chapman & Hall/CRC; Oct 2018; ISBN 978-1-138-48403-0
Gelfand, Alan E. Handbook of Environmental and Ecological Statistics. Chapman & Hall/CRC; Nov 2018; ISBN 978-1-4987-5202-2
Roychoudhury, Satrajit. Statistical Approaches in Oncology Clinical Development: Current Paradigm and Methodological Advancement. Chapman & Hall/CRC; Nov 2018; ISBN 978-1-4987-7269-3
Wu, Jun. The Beauty of Mathematics in Computer Science. Chapman & Hall/CRC; Nov 2018; ISBN 978-1-138-04960-4
Lesik, Sally A. Applied Statistical Inference with MINITAB®, Second Edition. Chapman & Hall/CRC; Dec 2018; ISBN 978-1-4987-7998-2
Marchi, Max. Analyzing Baseball Data with R, Second Edition. Chapman & Hall/CRC; Dec 2018; ISBN 978-0-8153-5351-5
Vehkalahti, Kimmo. Multivariate Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition. Chapman & Hall/CRC; Dec 2018; ISBN 978-0-8153-8515-8
Wilkinson, Darren J. Stochastic Modelling for Systems Biology, Third Edition. Chapman & Hall/CRC; Dec 2018; ISBN 978-1-138-54928-9
Maathuis, Marloes. Handbook of Graphical Models. Chapman & Hall/CRC; Oct 2018; ISBN 978-1-4987-8862-5
Dinov, Ivo D. Data Science and Predictive Analytics: Biomedical and Health Applications using R. Springer; 2018; ISBN 978-3-319-72347-1
Winther, Rasmus Grønfeldt. Phylogenetic Inference, Selection Theory, and History of Science: Selected Papers of A. W. F. Edwards with Commentaries. CUP; 2018; ISBN 9781316276259
Bowden, Roger; The Information Theory of Comparisons; Springer
Gassiat, Élisabeth; Universal Coding and Order Identification by Model Selection Methods; Springer Monographs in Mathematics 
Izbicki, Rafael; Hatsuo Takada, Hellinton ; Polpo, Adriano ; Stern, Julio ; Louzada, Francisco (Eds); Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering; Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics, Vol. 239
Meletiou-Mavrotheris, Maria; Leavy, Aisling; Paparistodemou, Efi (Eds); Statistics in Early Childhood and Primary Education; Springer Early Mathematics Learning and Development
Shen, Xiaotong; Härdle, Wolfgang Karl; Lu, Henry Horng-Shing (Eds); Handbook of Big Data Analytics; Springer Handbooks of Computational Statistics 
Vitali, Ettore; Motta, Mario; Galli, Davide Emilio; Theory and Simulation of Random Phenomena; Springer UNITEXT for Physics
Various authors ; Quick Little Fix series ; Sage Publications (10/2018)
Various topics, including Understand Probability & Know your numbers – see Sage website if interested)
Bhatt, Chintan; Ashour, Amira S.; Dey, Nilanjan (eds) Big Data for Remote Sensing: Visualization, Analysis and Interpretation. Springer (06/2018).
Borcard, Daniel; Legendre, Pierre & Gillet, François. Numerical Ecology with R. Use R! series. Springer (2018).
Borgan, Ørnulf; Handbook of Statistical Methods for Case-Control Studies; Chapman & Hall/CRC Press; July 2018; IBSN 978-1-4987-6858-0
Brinkmann, Svend and Steinar Kvale; Doing Interviews; Sage Publications (10/2018) # (Several other books on qualitative research also available – see Sage website)
Broemeling, Lyle D. Bayesian Methods for Repeated Measures. Chapman & Hall (04/2018) ISBN 978-1-138-89404-4
Bryant, John; Bayesian Demographic Estimation and Forecasting; Chapman & Hall/CRC Press; July 2018; IBSN 978-1-4987-6262-5
Cate F.H. and Dempsey J.X. (eds) Bulk Collection: Systematic Government Access to Private-Sector Data. OUP (2018) hbk
[A survey of surveillance practices around the world]
Chacón, José E. Multivariate Kernel Smoothing and Its Applications. Chapman & Hall (06/2018) ISBN 978-1-4987-6301-1
Chambers, Erin ; Tari, Sibel ; Morin, Geraldine ; El-Zehiry, Noha ; Genctav, Asli ; Hubert, Evelyne ; leonard, kathryn (eds). Research in Shape Analysis. Springer Association for in Mathematics Series, Vol. 12 (06/2018)
[Also invite offers to review any other Women in Mathematics volumes]
Chen, Jie; Medical Product Safety Evaluation: Biological Models and Statistical Methods; Chapman & Hall/CRC Press; July 2018; IBSN 978-1-4665-0808-8
Choudhary, Pankaj K. and Haikady N. Nagaraja; Measuring Agreement: Models, Methods and Applications; Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics; 2017; ISBN 978-1-1170-7858-7
Chow, Shein-Chung; Analytical Similarity Assessment in Biosimilar Product Development; Chapman & Hall/CRC Press; Aug 2018; IBSN 978-1-138-30733-9
Chow, Shein-Chung; Encyclopedia of Biopharmaceutical Statistics, Fourth Edition - Four Volume Set; Chapman & Hall/CRC Press; July 2018; IBSN 978-1-4987-3395-3
Clarke, S. Bernard & Clarke, Jennifer L. Predictive Statistics: Analysis and Inference beyond Models. Cambridge Series in Statistical and Probabilistic Mathematics. CUP (2018) ISBN 978-1-107-02828-9.Hbk
Coffey, Todd Statistics for Biotechnology Process Development. Chapman & Hall (06/2018) ISBN 978-1-4987-2140-0
Crane, Harry Probabilistic Foundations of Statistical Network Analysis. Chapman & Hall (04/2018) ISBN 978-1-138-63015-4
Das, Dipayan ; Selvamuthu, Dharmaraja ; Introduction to Statistical Methods, Design of Experiments and Statistical Quality Control; Springer (10/2018)
Dasgupta, Ratan; Advances in Growth Curve and Structural Equation Modeling; Springer (10/2018)
Desjardins, Christopher D. Handbook of Educational Measurement and Psychometrics Using R. Chapman & Hall (05/2018) ISBN 978-1-4987-7013-2
Dobson, Annette J. An Introduction to Generalized Linear Models, Fourth Edition. Chapman & Hall (04/2018) ISBN 978-1-138-74151-5
Doukhan, Paul. Stochastic Models for Time Series. Springer Mathématiques et Applications, Vol. 80 (06/2018)
Efromovich, S. Missing and Modified Data in Nonparametric Estimation: With R Examples. CRC Press (2018) hbk
Emura, Takeshi ; Chen, Yi-Hau. Analysis of Survival Data with Dependent Censoring. Springer JSS Research Series in Statistics. (06/2018)
Farrington, Paddy Self-Controlled Case Series Studies: A Modelling Guide with R. Chapman & Hall (05/2018) ISBN 978-1-4987-8159-6
Feng, Runhuan An Introduction to Computational Risk Management of Equity-Linked Insurance. Chapman & Hall (06/2018) ISBN 978-1-4987-4216-0
Fenton, Norman; Risk Assessment and Decision Analysis with Bayesian Networks, Second Edition; Chapman & Hall/CRC Press; Aug 2018; IBSN 978-1-138-03511-9
Flick, Uwe; Doing Triangulation and Mixed Methods; Sage Publications (10/2018)
Gelfand, Alan E; Handbook of Environmental and Ecological Statistics; Chapman & Hall/CRC Press; Aug 2018; IBSN 978-1-4987-5202-2
Gil, Eduardo; Gil, Juan; Gil, María Ángeles & Gil, Eva. The Mathematics of the Uncertain. Studies in Systems, Decision and Control, Vol. 142. Springer (2018).
Greenacre, Michael; Compositional Data Analysis in Practice; Chapman & Hall/CRC Press; July 2018; IBSN 978-1-138-31643-0
Hofer, Eduard. The Uncertainty Analysis of Model Results. Springer (06/2018)
Hofmann, Bernd; Leitao, Antonio & Zubelli, Jorge Passamani. New Trends in Parameter Identification for Mathematical Models. Trends in Mathematics series. Springer (2018).
Kaushik, Aman Chandra; Chaudhary, Ravi; Kumar, Ajay; Sahi, Shakti; Bharadwaj, Shiv. Bioinformatics Techniques for Drug Discovery. Springer (05/2018)
Koehler, Kenneth; Marasinghe, Mervyn G. Statistical Data Analysis Using SAS. Springer (05/2018)
Lakshminarayanan, Mani; Bayesian Applications in Pharmaceutical Development; Chapman & Hall/CRC Press; July 2018; IBSN 978-1-138-29676-3
Landsittel, Douglas; Fundamentals of Biomarker Research; Chapman & Hall/CRC Press; July 2018; IBSN 978-1-4822-5549-2
Lawson, Andrew B. Bayesian Disease Mapping: Hierarchical Modeling in Spatial Epidemiology, Third Edition. Chapman & Hall (05/2018) ISBN 978-1-138-57542-4
Ley, Christophe; Applied Directional Statistics: Modern Methods and Case Studies; Chapman & Hall/CRC Press; Aug 2018; IBSN 978-1-138-62643-0
Li, Bing Sufficient Dimension Reduction: Methods and Applications with R. Chapman & Hall (05/2018) ISBN 978-1-4987-0447-2
Link, Daniel. Data Analytics in Professional Soccer. Springer (2018)
Lo, Ambrose Derivative Pricing: A Problem-Based Primer. Chapman & Hall (05/2018) ISBN 978-1-138-03335-1
Mair, Patrick; Borg, Ingwer; Groenen, Patrick J.F. Applied Multidimensional Scaling and Unfolding. Springer Briefs in Statistics (06/2018)
Mair, Patrick; Modern Psychometrics with R; Springer Use-R series (10/2018)
Martino, Luca; Míguez Arenas, Joaquín; Luengo García, David. Independent Random Sampling Methods. Springer Statistics and Computing (05/2018)
Martinson, Douglas G.; Quantitative Methods of Data Analysis for the Physical Sciences and Engineering; Cambridge University Press; 2018; ISBN 978-1-1070-2976-7
Metcalfe, Andrew; Statistics in Engineering, Second Edition; Chapman & Hall/CRC Press; July 2018; IBSN 978-1-4398-9547-4
Mias, George. Mathematica for Bioinformatics. Springer (2018)
Micheas, Athanasios C. Theory of Stochastic Objects: Probability, Stochastic Processes and Inference. CRC Press (2018) hbk/ebook
Mola, Francesco; Conversano, Claudio & Vichi, Maurizio. Classification, (Big) Data Analysis and Statistical Learning. Studies in Classification. Springer (2018)
Murtagh, F. Data Science Foundations: Geometry and Topology of Complex Hierarchical Systems and Big Data Analysis. CRC Press. (2018) hbk
Panke, Diana; Research Design & Method Selection: Making Good Choices in the Social Sciences; Sage Publications (10/2018)
Pardo, S. & Pardo M. Statistical Methods for Field and Laboratory Studies in Behavioral Ecology. Chapman & Hall/CRC Applied Environmental Statistics (2018) hbk
Perpinan Lamigueiro, Oscar; Displaying Time Series, Spatial, and Space-Time Data with R, Second Edition; Chapman & Hall/CRC Press; Aug 2018; IBSN 978-1-138-08998-3
Raghunathan, Trivellore Multiple Imputation in Practice: With Examples Using IVEware. Chapman & Hall (06/2018) ISBN 978-1-4987-7016-3
Raghunathan, Trivellore; Multiple Imputation in Practice: With Examples Using IVEware; Chapman & Hall/CRC Press; July 2018; IBSN 978-1-4987-7016-3
Rasch, Dieter; Pilz, Jürgen; Moder, Karl; Melas, Viatcheslav B. Statistics and Simulation. Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics, Vol. 231 (06/2018)
Regenstein, Jr., Jonathan K.; Reproducible Finance with R: Code Flows and Shiny Apps for Portfolio Analysis; Chapman & Hall/CRC Press; Sept 2018; IBSN 978-1-138-48422-1
Resendis-Antonio, Osbaldo & Olivares-Quiroz, Luis (Eds) Quantitative Models for Microscopic to Macroscopic Biological Macromolecules and Tissues. Springer (2018)
Rose, Sherri; van der Laan, Mark J. Targeted Learning in Data Science. Springer Series in Statistics. Springer (2018)
Roychoudhury, Satrajiit; Statistical Approaches in Oncology Clinical Development: Current Paradigm and Methodological Advancement; Chapman & Hall/CRC Press; July 2018; IBSN 978-1-4987-7269-3
Russell, J.A. Statistics in Music Education Research. OUP (2018) ppb
[A range of statistical methods described with specific examples from this domain]
Saichev, Alexander I.; Woyczynski, Wojbor A; Distributions in the Physical and Engineering Sciences; Springer (10/2018)
Selch, Daniela Anna; Scherer, Matthias; A Multivariate Claim Count Model for Applications in Insurance; Springer Actuarial(10/2018)
Shadbolt, Nigel and Hampson, Roger. The Digital Ape: how to live (in peace) with smart machines. Scribe (05/2018) hbk
Shoukri, Mohamed M. Analysis of Correlated Data with SAS and R, Fourth Edition. Chapman & Hall (04/2018) ISBN 978-1-138-19745-9
Sisson, Scott A.; Handbook of Approximate Bayesian Computation; Chapman & Hall/CRC Press; Aug 2018; IBSN 978-1-4398-8150-7
Skansi, Sandro. Introduction to Deep Learning. Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science. Springer (2018)
Skiadas, Christos H.; Skiadas, Charilaos (eds) Demography and Health Issues. Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis, Vol. 46 (06/2018)
Stone, J.V. Principles of Neural Information Theory: Computational Neuroscience and Metabolic Efficiency. Sebtel Press (2018)
[Contains much mathematical analysis, relating information theory to neural computation]
Sverdlov, Oleksandr; Modern Adaptive Randomized Clinical Trials: Statistical and Practical Aspects; Chapman & Hall/CRC Press; July 2018; IBSN 978-1-138-89394-8
Thomopoulos, Nick T. Probability Distributions. Springer (05/2018)
van Buuren, Stef; Flexible Imputation of Missing Data, Second Edition; Chapman & Hall/CRC Press; July 2018; IBSN 978-1-138-58831-8
Vaz, A. Ismael F.; Pinto, Alberto Adrego; Oliveira, José Fernando & Almeida, Joao. Operational Research. Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics, Vol. 223. Springer (2018)
Vexler, A. & Hutson, A. Statistics in the Health Sciences: Theory, Applications, and Computing. CRC Press (2018) hbk/ebook
Vexler, Albert Empirical Likelihood Methods in Biomedicine and Health. Chapman & Hall (06/2018) ISBN 978-1-4665-5503-7
Vexler, Albert; Empirical Likelihood Methods in Biomedicine and Health; Chapman & Hall/CRC Press; Aug 2018; IBSN 978-1-4665-5503-7
von Rosen, Dietrich & Tez, Müjgan. Trends and Perspectives in Linear Statistical Inference. Springer (2018)
Wu, Jianrong Statistical Methods for Survival Trial Design: With Applications to Cancer Clinical Trials Using R. Chapman & Hall (06/2018) ISBN 978-1-138-03322-1
Xie, Yihui; R Markdown: The Definitive Guide; Chapman & Hall/CRC Press; July 2018; IBSN 978-1-138-35933-8
Xiong, Momiao Big Data in Omics and Imaging: Integrated Analysis and Causal Inference. Chapman & Hall (06/2018) ISBN 978-0-8153-8710-7
Zwinderman, Aeilko H. & Cleophas, Ton J. Regression Analysis in Medical Research. Springer (2018)