I wrote this as my quarterly commentary, but compliance blocked it because they said I was implying that I am Warren Buffett or I can replicate Warren Buffett. Anyways, I thought I should share it as a general discussion piece. More than on...

In comments on a recent post, "Ben" and Tal Galili very sensibly asked if I could make R code available for the econometric analysis in my posts, in addition to EViews code. I'll be trying to do this wherever I can, given the time constraints.The important point implicit in these comments is that R is free, open-source, software, whereas...

A while back, while reading chapter 4 of Using R for Introductory Statistics, I fooled around with the mtcars dataset giving mechanical and performance properties of cars from the early 70's. Let's plot this data as a hierarchically clustered heatmap. # scale data to mean=0, sd=1 and convert to matrix mtscaled <- as.matrix(scale(mtcars)) # create...

Disclaimer: All prices and classes are approximate and should be confirmed at www.statistics.com as they can change. A comment from my previous post asked me about the experience I had in taking courses from statistics.com (www.statistics.com). To help...

This post is a call for both R community members and R-bloggers, to come and help make The R Programming wikibook be amazing. The R Programming wikibook is not just another one of the many free books about statistics/R, it is a community project which aims to create a cross-disciplinary practical guide to the R programming language. Here is

This fall, I’ll be teaching a second-year course on Probability with Computer Applications, which is required for Computer Science majors. I’ve taught this before, but that was five years ago, so I’ve been looking to see what new textbooks would be suitable. The course aims not just to use computer science applications as examples, but

Graphs like Figure 1 are reasonably common. But they are not reasonable. Figure 1: A (log) price series with an explicit guide line. Some have the prices on a logarithmic scale, which is an improvement on the raw prices. The problem with this sort of plot is that two particular data points are taken as … Continue reading...