I suggest you to start reading E. P. Chan's books; here below you can find the references:
Chan, Ernest P. "Quantitative Trading." New Jersey (2008).
Chan, Ernest P. "Algorithmic Trading: Winning Strategies and Their Rationale" New Jersey (2013).
His books are written down in a readable and simple way, so that a newbie can understand too, and, he provides a lot of practical examples of strategies implementation in Matlab. I think it could be a good beginning for who wants to start studying in this field. Those books contain also an introduction to other forms of investment, as the factor models, other than about statistical arbitrage-based strategies (mean-reversion, momentum,...). IMHO, it is worth to follow his blog too, where he discusses his strategies with the blog users'.