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Observational Studies by Paul R. Rosenbaum


Observational Studies by Paul R. Rosenbaum

A sound statistical account of the principles and methods for the design and analysis of observational studies. Readers are assumed to have a working knowledge of basic probability and statistics, but otherwise the account is reasonably self- contained. Throughout there are extended discussions of actual observational studies to illustrate the ideas discussed, drawn from topics as diverse as smoking and lung cancer, lead in children, nuclear weapons testing, and placement programs for students. As a result, many researchers will find this an invaluable companion in their work.


This second edition is about fifty percent larger than the original. The flavour is the same. The book provides a thoughtful discussion, at a mathematical and conceptual level, of what can and cannot be learned from observational studies.

ISI Short Book Reviews, Vol. 22/2, August 2002

From reviews of the First Edition:

A fascinating book which combines elegant theory with good practical advice on applications, including in-depth discussion of many interesting examples from diverse fields.

Short Book Reviews of the International Statistical Institute

Observational Studies will be extremely useful to researchers and graduate students in the biomedical and social sciences... The book is well written in an area where clarity is difficult... It will set a new standard for the analysis of observational studies.

Journal of the American Statistical Association

Rosenbaum's text does a great job of merging the theoretical with the practical, and provides a nice resource for a broad range of researchers... Consultants and field researchers, particularly in public health, will appreciate the examples and discussion of different research designs.

The American Statistician

Generously dispersed throughout the volume are fundamentally important, but seldom explicitly recognized, insights about the logic of research design. Virtually any reader will find much of value in this book, especially concerning design issues.

Applied Psychological Measurement

In summary, Observational Studies is an excellent book. It should be widely and carefully read.

Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics

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Publication date

1st December 2010


Paul R. Rosenbaum

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Springer-Verlag New York Inc.


377 pages


Probability & statistics
Probability & statistics
Social research & statistics
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