Volume 17 of the Handbook of Statistics is the concluding volume covering Order Statistics. Dealing primarily with Applications, it is divided into six parts as follows: Results for Specific Distributions, Linear Estimation, Inferential Methods, Prediction, Goodness-of-fit Tests and Applications. Major theoretical advances were made in this area of research, and in the course of these developments order statistics has also found important applications in many diverse areas. These include life-testing and reliability, robustness studies, statistical quality control, filtering theory, signal processing, image processing, and radar target detection.

Theoretical researchers working on theoretical and methodological advancements on order statistics and applied statisticians and engineers developing new and innovative applications of order statistics have been successfully brought together to create this handbook. For the convenience of readers, the subject matter has been divided into two volumes. Volume 16 focuses on theory and methods. Each volume has been divided into parts, each part specializing in one aspect of order statistics. An elaborate Author Index as well as a Subject Index is presented in both volumes in order to facilitate easy access to all the material included.

Theoretical researchers, applied scientists and engineers, and graduate students involved in the area of order statistics, will find these two volumes dealing with order statistics and applications an invaluable source of information.