Overview: The Role of Statistics in Transportation Engineering. Graphical Methods for Displaying Data. Numerical Summary Measures. Probability and Random Variables. Common Probability Distributions. Sampling Distributions. Inferences: Hypothesis Testing and Interval Estimation. Other Inferential Procedures: ANOVA and Distribution-Free Tests. Inferences Concerning Categorical Data. Linear Regression. Regression Models for Count Data. Experimental Design. Cross-Validation, Jackknife, and Bootstrap Methods for Obtaining Standard Errors. Bayesian Approaches to Transportation Data Analysis. Microsimulation. Appendix.
Clifford Spiegelman is a distinguished professor of statistics at Texas A&M University, where he has been for twenty-three years. Dr. Spiegelman is also a senior research scientist at the Texas Transportation Institute. Eun Sug Park is a research scientist at the Texas Transportation Institute. Dr. Park was a recipient of the TRB Pedestrian Committee Outstanding Paper Award (2006 and 2009) and the Patricia Waller Award (2009). Laurence R. Rilett is a distinguished professor of civil engineering at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln. He also is the director of both the U.S. Department of Transportation's Region VII University Transportation Center and the Nebraska Transportation Center.
In this treatment of statistics specifically directed to transportation planners and engineers, Spiegelman and other transportation experts discuss the basics of statistical and graphical methods, differences between methodologies, strategies for conducting computer-aided statistical designs (using JMP software by SAS), bias-corrected confidence intervals, re-sampling techniques for evaluating uncertainties, and the concepts of Bayesian estimation and smoothing estimators. They also overview increasingly used traffic microsimulation models. The text includes homework problems, appended information on soft modeling and nonparametric model building, and a companion website for access to data sets. --SciTech Book News, February 2011