One of the more memorable questions I was asked when on the job market last year was “If you were stranded on a deserted island with only three statistics books, what would they be?”. (I’m not making this up.) If I were actually in that incredibly unlikely and bizarre situation, the best thing would probably be to just choose the three biggest books out there, in case I needed them for a fire or something. I’m pretty sure there’s no tenure clock on deserted islands. But I digress. What I said was:
1. Gelman, Carlin, Stern, and Rubin (Bayesian Data Analysis)
2. The Rice Book (Mathematical Statistics and Data Analysis, John Rice)
3. Muttered something about maybe a survey sampling book and quickly changed the subject.
If anyone ever asks me that again, I think I’ll change Number 3 to Cox’s The Planning of Experiments.