Leonard E. Braitman, PhD
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Braitman L.; Multivariable Analysis: A Practical Guide for Clinicians. Ann Intern Med. 2000;132:931-932. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-132-11-200006060-00030
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2000;132(11):931-932.
Katz M. 208 pages. New York: Cambridge Univ Pr; 1999. $24.95. ISBN 0521596939. Order phone 800-872-7423.
Field of medicine: Multivariable statistics in clinical medicine.
Format: Softcover book.
Audience: Physicians and trainees.
Purpose: To enable clinicians to understand, set up, perform, and interpret multivariable analyses.
Content: The concepts of multiple linear and logistic regression and proportional hazards survival regression are presented with only minimal mathematical notation. In the context of clinical examples, graphs and nontechnical language are used to introduce more advanced topics, such as regression trees, bootstrap and jackknife validation, and variables that change over time. By emphasizing the utility of simple multivariable models and important assumptions underlying them, the author illustrates Henri Theil's maxim that “models are to be used, but not believed.” Up-to-date references are provided for those who want to explore specific topics in more depth.
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