# Finding a book by some citations

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Hello! I am looking for a book about statistic applications, I don't know the name or any other ditails, just some quotes. I don't have too much experience in such search. If anyone can help me I will be very thankful. There is a PDF file attached, there is some questions and solutions, I guess some of it is just copy-paste from a book which I want to find.
Moshe

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jedishrfu
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I tried a couple on google but no luck. The trick I use is to find strings that look somewhat unique and search on them hoping for a hit. Google has digitized a lot of books and sometimes you get lucky.

The other option is to track down the prof that wrote the pdf and see if he/she remembers what book they used.

One last stretch would be to note when you first encountered the text and try to determine the year and possibly publisher and eventually you might narrow it down to an author.

Have you tried your university library? The librarians may have tricks or resources for tracking this down too.

robphy
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jedishrfu
jedishrfu
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How did you find it?

Via the author name?

I didn’t try that because I thought that was the instructor and that the book was from a different author.

Way to go!

robphy
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Thanks.

I didn't try the author in the pdf provided.

The usual strategy is trying not so common phrases in quotes..., gradually splitting into multiple quotes phrases if no matches are found.
Eventually I came upon:
"The m.s.e. risk" of this "estimator is given by"

and then I noticed that one of the results matched the author of the small pdf provided.
So, then I reconsidered the role of the author in the pdf.

Thus, some doubt in my reply "Is it this?"

jedishrfu
jedishrfu
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Yeah that’s more or less the same strategy I followed but I think I got tripped up by the latex expressions in the strings I chose.

That’s great though that you found it.

That is great! Thank you!
I also tried to use Google for the same phrases, m.s.e risk, ect... But I didn't find it. I thought try to write a part of the equation in Latex, I was just reading how to do it, but there you found it. I think I am going to learn Latex anyway, it seems useful.
Thank you again!

jedishrfu
robphy
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My dream of a mathematical search engine isn't here yet.
I don't want a search for $y=mx+b$ to bring up only $y=mx+b$,
but...
I want it to also bring up $Z=At+B$ and $Q^{ab}=\lambda G^{ab}+K^{ab}$.

jedishrfu
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You'll have to wait for AGI I guess.