Computational statistics

Computational statistics
Statistics algorithms were one of the first uses of modern computers.

Computational statistics, or statistical computing, is the interface between statistics and computer science. It is the area of computational science (or scientific computing) specific to the mathematical science of statistics.

The terms 'computational statistics' and 'statistical computing' are often used interchangeably, although Carlo Lauro (a former president of the International Association for Statistical Computing) proposed making a distinction, defining 'statistical computing' as "the application of computer science to statistics", and 'computational statistics' as "aiming at the design of algorithm for implementing statistical methods on computers, including the ones unthinkable before the computer age (e.g. bootstrap, simulation), as well as to cope with analytically intractable problems" [sic].[1]

The term 'Computational statistics' may also be used to refer to computationally intensive statistical methods including resampling methods, Markov chain Monte Carlo methods, local regression, kernel density estimation, artificial neural networks and generalized additive models.


Computational statistics journals


  • International Association for Statistical Computing

See also


  1. ^ Lauro, Carlo (1996), "Computational statistics or statistical computing, is that the question?", Computational Statistics & Data Analysis 23: 191–193, doi:10.1016/0167-9473(96)88920-1, 

Further reading


  • Albert, J.H.; Gentle, J.E. (2004), Albert, James H; Gentle, James E, eds., "Special Section: Teaching Computational Statistics", The American Statistician 58: 1–1, doi:10.1198/0003130042872 
  • Wilkinson, Leland (2008), "The Future of Statistical Computing (with discussion)", Technometrics 50 (4): 418–435, doi:10.1198/004017008000000460 


  • Drew, John H.; Evans, Diane L.; Glen, Andrew G.; Lemis, Lawrence M. (2007), Computational Probability: Algorithms and Applications in the Mathematical Sciences, Springer International Series in Operations Research & Management Science, Springer, ISBN 0387746757 
  • Gentle, James E. (2002), Elements of Computational Statistics, Springer, ISBN 0387954899 
  • Gentle, James E.; Härdle, Wolfgang; Mori, Yuichi, eds. (2004), Handbook of Computational Statistics: Concepts and Methods, Springer, ISBN 3540404643 
  • Givens, Geof H.; Hoeting, Jennifer A. (2005), Computational Statistics, Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics, Wiley-Interscience, ISBN 978-0471461241 
  • Klemens, Ben (2008), Modeling with Data: Tools and Techniques for Statistical Computing, Princeton University Press, ISBN 9780691133140 
  • Monahan, John (2001), Numerical Methods of Statistics, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521791687 
  • Rose, Colin; Smith, Murray D. (2002), Mathematical Statistics with Mathematica, Springer Texts in Statistics, Springer, ISBN 0387952349 
  • Thisted, Ronald Aaron (1988), Elements of Statistical Computing: Numerical Computation, CRC Press, ISBN 0412013711 

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