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Exploratory Multivariate Analysis in Archaeology

By M.J. Baxter

Exploratory Multivariate Analysis in Archaeology
Paperback, 330 pages £33.00
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780989824934
Format: 223mm x 148mm
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Subjects: Archaeology, Eliot Werner Publications
Series: EWP Foundations of Archaeology

This volume presents four techniques of multivariate analysis commonly used by archaeologists (principal component analysis, correspondence analysis, cluster analysis and discriminant analysis). Employing 'ordinary language' and real data sets, and including extensive literature reviews, the book illustrates how these statistical techniques can be applied to specific archaeological questions. A new introduction by the author updates his discussion in light of subsequent developments in the field of quantitative archaeology. Originally published by Edinburgh University Press in 1994.

Introduction to the Percheron Press Edition

Chapter 1. Multivariate Statistics in Archaeology

Chapter 2. Univariate and Bivariate Approaches and Preliminary Data Analysis

Chapter 3. Principal Component Analysis - The Main Ideas

Chapter 4. Principal Component Analysis - Specialised Topics

Chapter 5. Correspondence Analysis - The Main Ideas

Chapter 6. Correspondence Analysis - Extensions

Chapter 7. Cluster Analysis - The Main Ideas

Chapter 8. Cluster Analysis - Some Problems

Chapter 9. Discriminant Analysis - The Main Ideas

Chapter 10. Further Aspects of Discriminant Analysis

Chapter 11. The Final Chapter




'There are many things to admire about this book. . . . [T]he treatment of the methods is very solid and to the point. I especially like the way in which Baxter explores their strengths and weaknesses in applied settings. . . . [W]ritten at a level that most archaeologists will find comprehensible.' (Mark S. Aldenderfer, American Antiquity)

'[A]n excellent tool and reference for the practicing archaeo-statistician, as well as for the novice who wishes to get acquainted with multivariate statistical methods. In it one obtains practical advice from an experienced practitioner . . . . I like this book and recommend it.' (Kenneth L Kvamme, Archaeological Computing Newsletter)

'[A] no-nonsense account of the main multivariate techniques used in archaeology . . . . The style is straightforward and clear, and well in tune with the needs of the reader. . . . The tone is balanced and reasonable . . . . [F]or anyone who analyses multivariate data in archaeology.' (Clive Orton, Journal of Archaeological Science)

M.J. Baxter is Professor Emeritus at Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 330 pages
 223mm x 148mm

BIC Code:
 Eliot Werner Publications


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