**Optimal Data Analysis: A General Statistical Analysis Paradigm**

Paul R. Yarnold, Ph.D., and Robert C. Soltysik, M.S.

Optimal Data Analysis, LLC

Optimal discriminant analysis (ODA) is a new paradigm in the general statistical analysis of data, which explicitly maximizes the *accuracy* achieved by a model for every statistical analysis, in the context of exact distribution theory. This paper reviews optimal

analogues of traditional statistical methods, as well as new special-purpose models for which no conventional alternatives exist.