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Education and Training: Functional Data Analysis

Time and Location Functional Data Analysis
Walter Liggett
Statistical Engineering Division, NIST
Teusday, Wednesday, Thursday November 4, 5, 6, 2003 8:00am - 12:15pm, 8:00am - 12:15pm, 1:00pm - 4:15pm and
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday November 12, 13, 14, 2003 8:00am - 12:15pm, 8:00am - 12:15pm, 8:00am - 12:15pm
Adminstration Building, Lecture Room C
Gaithersburg, MD
Abstract Functional measurements such as chemical spectra, particle size distributions, and instrumented indentation curves defy easy graphical analysis. To uncover even the obvious in functional measurements, one must apply the mathematical operations of functional data analysis (FDA). Operations unique to FDA are interpolation to obtain functional representations from observations at discrete values of the independent variable, registration to align functional measurements so that linear operations such as averaging make sense, and computation of derivatives of functional measurements when this aids in the analysis. This course includes six three-hour sessions:
  1. function representation in terms of splines and other bases,
  2. function registration,
  3. functional principal components analysis,
  4. linear models,
  5. inference on replicate functional measurements, and
  6. use of derivatives.
The mathematical and statistical basis of FDA, general methods, and use of the statistical package R will be presented. A course prerequisite is an understanding of multiple linear regression.
Comments on Course REGISTRATION FEE IS $120.

A set of notes will be provided for the class, and a textbook (J. O. Ramsey and B. W. Silverman, Functional Data Analysis, Springer-Verlang, 1997) will be utilized. Send e-mail to Walter Liggett for a sample application of FDA.

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Date created: 6/18/2003
Last updated: 7/14/2003
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