From the reviews: JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN STATISTICAL ASSOCIATION ...clearly written and accessible with relatively few mathematical prerequisites. I found surprisingly few typographical errors; the authors are to be congratulated for this...Each chapter contains numerous exercises. These exercises appear to be at an appropriate level for a graduate course in statistics, and appear to provide appropriate reinforcement for the material in the preceding chapters. B.J.T. Morgan in Short Book Reviews , Vol. 20/3, December 2000 The book is well written, and presents clearly an important and developing subject.