With this post, I am doing something I try very hard to avoid, especially when communicating to my clients, and that is blurring the line between investing and gambling. But after reading all of Reuven Brenner’s books and finishing Ralph Vince ...

Are MLB players better hitters now than they were 20 years ago? Revolution Analytics' Joseph Rickert uses R to take a look at the data, and offers an instructive lesson in checking your assumptions for statistical tests in the process -- Ed. Data are everywhere – but, even for simple things, I still seem to spend a too much...

In my last two posts I talked about Ordinary Least Squares, then extended this discussion to the multiple predictor case and briefly talked about some of the problems that may arise. These problems can include omitted variable bias, heteroskedasticity, non-normality, and multicollinearity. Most of these problems are relatively minor in practice and have easy fixes,...

In Chapter 5 of Using R for Introductory Statistics we get a brief introduction to probability and, as part of that, a few common probability distributions. Specifically, the normal, binomial, exponential and lognormal distributions make an appearance. For each distribution, R provides four functions whose names start with the letters d, p, q or r followed by...