Since it first appeared in 1996, the open-source programming language R has become increasingly popular as an environment for statistical analysis and graphical output. This is the first textbook to present classical biostatistical analysis for epidemiology and related public health sciences to students using the R language. Based on the assumption that readers have minimal familiarity with statistical concepts, the author uses a step-by-step approach to building skills. The text encompasses biostatistics from basic descriptive and quantitative statistics to survival analysis and missing data analysis in epidemiology. Illustrative examples, including real-life research problems drawn from such areas as nutrition, environmental health, and behavioural health, engage students and reinforce the understanding of R. These examples illustrate the replication of R for biostatistical calculations and graphical display of results. The text covers both essential and advanced techniques and applications in biostatistics that are relevant to epidemiology. Also included are an instructor's guide, student solutions manual, and downloadable data sets.
Bertram K. C. (Bert) Chan, PhD, is currently Consulting Biostatistician at the School of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University, USA where he is currently involved with the 10-Year NIH funded project Adventist Health Study-2. He is also a Forum Lecturer at the Loma Linda University School of Public Health's Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology on introducing the use of R programming to the curriculum. His extensive professional experience as either a consulting or full-time engineer includes Foundry Networks, Hewlett-Packard (PC and Network Servers Divisions), Apple Computer, Lockheed-Martin, and the Australian and Canadian Atomic Energy Commission Research Establishments. Dr. Chan has published over 30 peer-reviewed publications and technical reports and holds three U.S. Patents. He also published a 10-volume series of mathematics textbooks for secondary schools in Hong Kong.