Modern Applied Statistics with S-Plus

by W. N. Venables and B.D. Ripley

Springer. ISBN 0-387-94350-1. 1994.

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Hardback 232mm x 155mm, 462 pages: $45.00, £24.50

There was a revised second printing in June 1995, a third printing in February 1996 and a fourth printing in November 1996.

Preview of second edition due in July 1997.

S-Plus is a powerful environment for statistical and graphical analysis of data. It provides the tools to implement many statistical ideas which have been made possible by the widespread availability of workstations having good graphics and computational capabilities. This book is a guide to using S-Plus to perform statistical analyses and provides both an introduction to the use of S-Plus and a course in modern statistical methods.

The aim of the book is to show how to use S-Plus as a powerful and graphical system. Readers are assumed to have a basic grounding in statistics, and so the book is intended for would-be users of S-Plus, and both students and researchers using statistics. Throughout the emphasis is on presenting practical problems and full analyses of real data sets. Many of the methods discussed are state-of-the-art approaches to topics such as linear and non-linear regression models, robust and smooth regression methods, survival analysis, multivariate analysis, tree-based methods, time series and spatial statistics.

All the data sets and S-Plus functions used are supplied with the book on a diskette, and are also available on the Internet. S-Plus is a commercial system of the Data Analysis Division of MathSoft Inc.


  1. Introduction
  2. The S language
  3. Graphical output
  4. Programming in S
  5. Distributions and data summaries
  6. Linear statistical models
  7. Generalized linear models
  8. Robust statistics
  9. Non-linear regression models
  10. Modern regression
  11. Survival analysis
  12. Multivariate analysis
  13. Tree-based methods
  14. Time series
  15. Spatial statistics


There are errata lists available for the first, second, third and fourth printings.

Software and Datasets

The current versions of the software and datasets can be obtained from servers in Oxford and Adelaide.

Owners of the first printing are strongly encouraged to download the current software: for Windows users all the restrictions have been removed as dynamically-loaded compiled code is provided.


Dr W. N. Venables
Department of Statistics
University of Adelaide
Adelaide, South Australia 5005


Professor B. D. Ripley
Department of Statistics
1 South Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3TG



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Last edited on Tuesday 1 April 1997 by Brian Ripley