Nicholas Taleb and Recent tweets indicate that Benoit Mandelbrot has died at age 85. Mandelbrot was a French and American mathematician, best known as the father of fractal geometry. His official biography at Yale does n...

In the twisting paths of human discovery, you never quite know what intellectual enterprise is going to result in a world changing discovery. For instance, the mathematical notion of expected value did not grow up in a sterile, academic environment. In 1654 Blaise Pascal was approached by Chevalier de Méré who was interested...

... or what I did on my summer vacation...Just got back from the Elder Research Two Day Course "Tools for Discovering Patterns in Data". It was a great course that (while not R specific) provides a great overview of Data Mining tools and tec...