IMS Monographs/IMS Textbooks
The first IMS Monograph has been released.
Large-Scale Inference: Empirical Bayes Methods for Estimation, Testing, and Prediction by Bradley Efron
We live in a new age for statistical inference, where modern
scientific technology such as microarrays and fMRI machines routinely
produce thousands and sometimes millions of parallel data sets, each
with its own estimation or testing problem. Doing thousands of
problems at once is more than repeated application of classical
methods. Taking an empirical Bayes approach, Bradley Efron, inventor
of the bootstrap, shows how information accrues across problems in a
way that combines Bayesian and frequentist ideas. Estimation, testing,
and prediction blend in this framework, producing opportunities for
new methodologies of increased power. New difficulties also arise,
easily leading to flawed inferences. This book takes a careful look at
both the promise and pitfalls of large-scale statistical inference,
with particular attention to false discovery rates, the most
successful of the new statistical techniques. Emphasis is on the
inferential ideas underlying technical developments, illustrated using
a large number of real examples.
The first IMS Textbook has been released.
Probability on Graphs:
Random Processes on Graphs and Lattices by Geoffrey Grimmett
is an introduction to some of the principal models in the theory of
disordered systems leads the reader through the basics, to the very
edge of contemporary research, with the minimum of technical fuss.
Topics covered include random walk, percolation, self-avoiding walk,
interacting particle systems, uniform spanning tree, random graphs, as
well as the Ising, Potts, and random-cluster models for
ferromagnetism, and the Lorentz model for motion in a random medium.
Schramm–Löwner evolutions (SLE) arise in various contexts. The choice
of topics is strongly motivated by modern applications and focuses on
areas that merit further research. Special features include a simple
account of Smirnov's proof of Cardy's formula for critical
percolation, and a fairly full account of the theory of influence and
sharp-thresholds. Accessible to a wide audience of mathematicians and
physicists, this book can be used as a graduate course text. Each
chapter ends with a range of exercises.
New Series Announcement and Request for Book Proposals
The Institute of Mathematical Statistics and Cambridge University
Press announce two new series of books called IMS Monographs and IMS
IMS Monographs will be concise research monographs of high quality on any branch of statistics or
probability of sufficient interest to warrant publication as books. Some will concern relatively traditional
topics in need of up-to-date assessment. Others will be on emerging themes. In all cases the objective will
be to provide a balanced view of the field.
In parallel with the IMS Monographs there will be a series of compact IMS Textbooks. These will give
introductory accounts of topics of current concern suitable for advanced courses at master’s level, for
doctoral students and for individual study. They will be shorter than a fully developed textbook. Lengths
of 100–290 pages are envisaged. The books will typically contain exercises.
If you are interested in publishing a book in the IMS Monographs or IMS Textbooks series,
please write to one of the editors listed above, or to Lauren Cowles: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Diana Gillooly: email@example.com at Cambridge University Press.