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Statistics (Mathematical)

Guide to resources on mathematical statistics.

Mathematics Subject Classification (MSC)

Mathematical Subject Classifications (MSC) are categories created to classify mathematics by the mathematical databases MathSciNet and zbMATH. MSC is made up of codes for 63 different major mathematical disciplines, with multiple levels allowing for even more precision. MSC classifications are five characters long. The first two characters are numbers representing an article's major mathematical discipline. The third character is a letter describing the article's sub-discipline. The final characters are numbers representing the specific focus of the article. For example an an article which was assigned 62N05 would be in Statistics (62) with focus on Survival Analysis and Censored Data (N), specifically with regard to Estimation (02). All articles and books indexed in MathSciNet are provided MSC values, more than one if needed, by subject area experts when added to the database. MSC is updated every 10 years to stay on top of changes and trends in mathematics. zbMath provides a browseable page of MSC values for free if you want to dig deeper into the classifications.

About MathSciNet

MathSciNet from the American Mathematical Society is the leading mathematics indexing and abstracting database. It provide abstracts from more than 3100 mathematics and statistics journals and many thousands of books, conference proceedings, theses, and technical reports indexes. MathSciNet goes beyond simple bibliographic information, it also incorporates the content of the American Mathematical Society's Mathematical Reviews. These article reviews are written by experts in the article's mathematical content and exist for a significant percentage of the papers in the database, including many from as far back as 1940s.

How to Search MathSciNet for Statistics

Searching MathSciNet is very similar to using advanced searches in library catalogs or databases. It provides users the ability to search publications, authors, journals, or citations. What sets       MathSciNet's search apart from many other databases, is its unique identification of authors and articles, and its use of the MSC (mathematical subject classification) system. MSC is what allows for identification of statistical publication, all you have to do is include as a search term MSC Primary = 62.

MathSciNet publication search interface featuring 4 entry boxes with drop downs, reading Author, Title, MSC Primary (set to 62), and Anywhere from top to bottom. Under the search boes are choices of time frame, entire database, = year blank, or year range: blank to blank, publication type, all, books, journals, or proceedings, and review format, pdf or html.

Upon visiting MathSciNet you will be presented with an advanced search which filtering options of publication type and time. The advanced search also for many fields such as the familiar, such as Author, Title, Journal, and Institution. It will also for searching less familiar fields like MSC Primary which lets you use MSC category values to search for articles by subject; MR Number which lets you search for already known items using unique id of articles in the database; and Reviewer which finds all articles reviewed by a person. MR Number can be particular useful because it allows you to note an article's ID for easy access to the article at a future date.

MathSciNet Author search interface with a label of Author Name or MR Author ID above a search box reading Noether, E

MathSciNet has also made major progress in solving a major problem in database searching: telling author's with the same name apart from one another. MathSciNet accomplishes this by assigning unique identification numbers to each author. You can search for a specific author by clicking the Author tab on the MathSciNet home page and then use their name (last name then first name) or their ID number (if known). Clicking on an author's name elsewhere in the database will also bring you to their MathSciNet profile. If you are the author of a mathematics paper indexed in MathSciNet, you will also have an author profile which you can log into and add a photo too or otherwise edit.

MathSciNet Journals search interface with a label of Journal above an empty search box below which reads Enter a journal abbreviation, journal name, partial name, or an ISSN

The Journals tab provides the ability to search for publications by name or ISSN. The results link to a journal profiles with information about the publisher, previous journal names, dates of publication, and how it is indexed in MathSciNet. You will also find links to issues and articles, citation data, and RSS feeds you can subscribe to which will alert you when MathSciNet adds new articles from the journal.

MathSciNet Author Citations Search interface featuring a label of Author Name above a blank search box

The Citations tab provides searches of citation information for authors, journals, subjects, and years. There are also top 10 lists of the most cited journals by year.