At the Joint Statistical Meetings (Aug 2011), accepting the Roger Herriot Award for Innovation in Federal Statistics, I tipped my hat to pen-source software and three mentors. I use the software (R, OpenBUGS, and MediaWiki) every d...

At the Joint Statistical Meetings (Aug 2011), accepting the Roger Herriot Award for Innovation in Federal Statistics, I tipped my hat to pen-source software and three mentors. I use the software (R, OpenBUGS, and MediaWiki) every d...

I doubt if anyone would deny the importance of being able to reproduce one's econometric results. More importantly, other researchers should be able to reproduce our results to verify (a) that we've done what we said we did; (b) to investigate the sensitivity of our results to the various choices we made (e.g., functional form of our model, choice...

Here is an email I received from Umberto: I have a doubt regarding the tempered transitions method you considered in your JASA article with Celeux and Hurn. On page 961 you detail the several steps for building a proposal for a given distribution by simulating through l tempered power densities. I am slightly confused regarding

The title says “things” but conferences are mainly about people. Some of it can be serendipitous. For example, one day I sat next to Jonathan Rougier at lunch because I had a question for him about climate models. When Jonathan left, I started a conversation with the person on my other side. That was most … Continue reading...

I’ll be giving a talk on Forecasting time series using R for the Melbourne Users of R Network (MelbURN) on Thursday 27 October 2011 at 6pm. I will look at the various facilities for time series forecasting available in R, concentrating on the forecast package. This package implements several automatic methods for forecasting time series

There's a new local R user group in Salt Lake City, based at the University of Utah. (There used to be another group in Salt Lake devoted to R/Weka/Processing, but it appears to now be defunct.) This new group has been meeting regularly for some time, and their next meeting, on September 9, will be devoted to short talks...

For once, here is a book review I wrote in French about the book Le logiciel R, written by Pierre Lafaye de Micheaux (Université de Montréal), Rémy Drouilhet (Université de Grenoble 2) and Benoît Liquet (Université de Bordeaux 2): Ce livre édité par Springer (dans la même collection que Le Choix Bayesien) propose une couverture

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