Publisher description for Developing statistical software in Fortran 95 / David R. Lemmon, Joseph L. Schafer.


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Many books teach computational statistics. Until now, however, none has shown how to write a good program. This book gives statisticians, biostatisticians and methodologically-oriented researchers the tools they need to develop high-quality statistical software.

Topics include how to:

Program in Fortran 95 using a pseudo object-oriented style

Write accurate and efficient computational procedures

Create console applications

Build dynamic-link libraries (DLLs) and Windows-based software components

Develop graphical user interfaces (GUIs)

Through detailed examples, readers are shown how to call Fortran procedures from packages including Excel, SAS, SPSS, S-PLUS, R, and MATLAB. They are even given a tutorial on creating GUIs for Fortran computational code using Visual Basic.NET.

This book is for those who want to learn how to create statistical applications quickly and effectively. Prior experience with a programming language such as Basic, Fortran or C is helpful but not required. More experienced programmers will learn new strategies to harness the power of modern Fortran and the object-oriented paradigm. This may serve as a supplementary text for a graduate course on statistical computing.

From the reviews:

"Overall, the book is well written and provides a reasonable introduction to the use of modern versions of Fortran for statistical computation. The real thrust of the book is building COM interfaces using Fortran, and it will no doubt be most useful to anyone who needs to build such interfaces." Journal of the American Statistical Association, June 2006




Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
FORTRAN (Computer program language)
Statistics -- Data processing.