Multivariate analysis methods: Background and example

  • Fionn Murtagh
VII Methods and Tools
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 310)


Multivariate statistical methods deal with the inherently very difficult problem of detecting patterns in data. These patterns can take many forms — natural groups, inherent dimensionality, correlations, dependencies, and so on. Often, therefore, different methods bring different features of the data to light.

Following a brief overview of some prominent multivariate methods, we illustrate their use on IRAS data. We indicate how different multivariate methods can be “chained together” to yield powerful tools for uncovering structure in data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fionn Murtagh
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  1. 1.Space Telescope - European Coordinating FacilityEuropean Southern ObservatoryGarching bei MünchenGermany

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