I want to read my first book in multivariate statistical analysis. Are there any suggestions?

More specifically the book should contain:

  • cluster analysis,
  • multidimensional scaling,
  • examples from social and behavioral sciences and
  • if it possible, examples in R.

Thanks in advance!

P.S.: I read the answers for this question, but:

  1. the link of the accepted answer is not working,
  2. the questioner doesn't specify his preferences as I want.
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    $\begingroup$ It's a pity that link is broken, but that's hardly sufficient reason to ask a new question. Your reason #2 is surely grounds to flag social/behavioural and R examples in your title as those are the senses in which your question is different. Covering cluster analysis and MDS in a multivariate book is not that restrictive. $\endgroup$
    – Nick Cox
    Aug 29, 2020 at 10:03

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Two standard textbooks are:

Both are considered pretty classic and start from the ground-up.

I have personally used Izenman's Modern Multivariate Statistical Techniques quite a bit but does not have a social science focus. Through a quick Google search I came across Pituch & Steven's Applied Multivariate Statistics for the Social Sciences but I have not used it; It probably fits your requirements well though.

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    $\begingroup$ I like the Izenman book. $\endgroup$
    – Nick Cox
    Aug 29, 2020 at 10:13
  • $\begingroup$ @NickCox: Agreed, I found it very matter-of-factly. (And thanks for the edit. :) ) $\endgroup$
    – usεr11852
    Aug 29, 2020 at 10:18
  • $\begingroup$ @usεr11852 , thanks for your answer! Both books seems interesting, but Izenman seems the best. Thanks! $\endgroup$ Aug 29, 2020 at 10:50

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