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  • Bock, R. D. and Thissen, D. (1980) Statistical problems of fitting individual growth curves. In F. E. Johnston, A. F. Roche and C. Susanne (eds) Human Physical Growth and Maturation: Methodologies and Factors. New York: Plenum.
    A fine example of the spirit of FDA at work in the days when parametric models reigned supreme. Darrell Bock is a pioneer in the analysis of data on human growth, and he and I have worked together on many problems in this area.
  • Ramsay, J.O. (1997). Functional data analysis. In S. Kotz, C.B. Read and D.L. Banks (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences, New York: Wiley.
  • Ramsay, J.O. (1997). Principal differential analysis. In S. Kotz, C.B. Read and D.L. Banks (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences, New York: Wiley.
    These two introductory articles are in an encyclopedia consulted by statisticians. They're a bit dated now.
  • Ramsay, J. O. (2002) Multilevel modeling of longitudinal and functional data. In D. S. Moskowitz and S. L. Hershberger (Eds.) Modeling Intraindividual Variability with Repeated Measures Data: Methods and Applications. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc. 87-102.
    This an introduction to functional data analysis designed especially to position the field with respect to longitudinal data analysis and the hierarchical linear model, topics that are already fairly familiar to behavioral scientists.
  • Ramsay, J. O., Bock. R. D. and Gasser, T. (1995) Comparison of height acceleration curves in the Fels, Zurich, and Berkeley growth data. Annals of Human Biology, 22, 413-426.
    An example of FDA applied to an important problem in human growth. We found few real differences between these three important data sets on growth.
  • Ramsay, J. O, Heckman, N. and Silverman, B. W. (1997) Some general theory for spline smoothing. Behavioral Research: Instrumentation, Methods, and Computing, 29, 99-106.
    An attempt to explain smoothing to psychologists.
  • Ramsay, J. O., Munhall, K., Gracco, V. L. and Ostry, D. J. (1996) Functional data analyses of lip motion. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 99, 3718-3727.
    An applied paper using FDA to study speech production.
  • Ramsay, J. O., Wang, X. and Flanagan, R. (1995) A functional data analysis of the pinch force of human fingers. Applied Statistics, 44, 17-30.
    Using FDA to study variation in force curves. A first use of the concept of a linear differential operator to study curve variation is perhaps its main contribution.
  • Silverman, B. W. and Ramsay, J. O. (2001) Functional data analysis. In N. J. Smelser and P. B. Baltes (Eds) International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences.
    An introduction in an encyclopedia directed to behavioral scientists.