An expert introduction to stage-wise adaptive designs in all areas of statisticsStage-Wise Adaptive Designs presents the theory and methodology of stage-wise adaptive design across various areas of study within the field of statistics, from sampling surveys and time series analysis to generalized linear models and decision theory. Providing the necessary background material along with illustrative S-PLUS functions, this book serves as a valuable introduction to the problems of adaptive designs.The author begins with a cohesive introduction to the subject and goes on to concentrate on generalized linear models, followed by stage-wise sampling procedures in sampling surveys. Adaptive forecasting in the area of time series analysis is presented in detail, and two chapters are devoted to applications in clinical trials. Bandits problems are also given a thorough treatment along with sequential detection of change-points, sequential applications in industrial statistics, and software reliability.S-Plus functions are available to accompany particular computations, and all examples can be worked out using R, which is available on the book's related FTP site. In addition, a detailed appendix outlines the use of these software functions, while an extensive bibliography directs readers to further research on the subject matter.Assuming only a basic background in statistical topics, Stage-Wise Adaptive Designs is an excellent supplement to statistics courses at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. It also serves as a valuable reference for researchers and practitioners in the fields of statistics and biostatistics.