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Data Science for Managers: May 2018

December 5, 2017
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Data Science for Managers: May 2018

For the last few years, I have been involved with running a 3-day short course on “Data Science for Managers”. We have run it twice each year since 2015, and it continues to prove very popular. We have some awesome presenters including Mona...

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Some new time series packages

November 29, 2017
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Some new time series packages

This week I have finished preliminary versions of two new R packages for time series analysis. The first (tscompdata) contains several large collections of time series that have been used in forecasting competitions; the second (tsfeatures) is designed...

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M4 Forecasting Competition: response from Spyros Makridakis

November 20, 2017
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M4 Forecasting Competition: response from Spyros Makridakis

Following my post on the M4 competition yesterday, Spyros Makridakis sent me these comments for posting here. I would like to thank Rob, my friend and co-author, for his insightful remarks concerning the upcoming M4 competition. As Rob says, the two of...

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M4 Forecasting Competition: response from Spyros Makridakis

November 20, 2017
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M4 Forecasting Competition: response from Spyros Makridakis

Following my post on the M4 competition yesterday, Spyros Makridakis sent me these comments for posting here. I would like to thank Rob, my friend and co-author, for his insightful remarks concerning the upcoming M4 competition. As Rob says, the two of...

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M4 Forecasting Competition

November 19, 2017
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M4 Forecasting Competition

The “M” competitions organized by Spyros Makridakis have had an enormous influence on the field of forecasting. They focused attention on what models produced good forecasts, rather than on the mathematical properties of those models. For t...

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Come and work with me

November 14, 2017
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Come and work with me

I have funding for a new post-doctoral research fellow, on a 2-year contract, to work with me and Professor Kate Smith-Miles on analysing large collections of time series data. We are particularly seeking someone with a PhD in computational statistics ...

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2017 Beijing Workshop on Forecasting

November 1, 2017
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2017 Beijing Workshop on Forecasting

Later this month I’m speaking at the 2017 Beijing Workshop on Forecasting, to be held on Saturday 18 November at the Central University of Finance and Economics. I’m giving four talks as part of the workshop. Other speakers are Junni Zhang,...

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Looking for a new research assistant

September 7, 2017
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Looking for a new research assistant

I’m currently looking for a new research assistant to help (primarily) with some modelling and R coding as part of a project on forecasting mobile phone sales. The position is likely to last for about 6–9 months, and will be casual. Requir...

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rOpenSci OzUnconference coming to Melbourne

September 7, 2017
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rOpenSci OzUnconference coming to Melbourne

For a second year running, there will be another rOpenSci OzUnconference in Australia. This one will be held in Melbourne, on 26-27 October 2017. Unlike regular conferences, there are no talks and there is no pre-determined agenda. It brings together s...

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Finding distinct rows of a tibble

August 31, 2017
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Finding distinct rows of a tibble

I’ve been using R or its predecessors for about 30 years, so I tend to I know a lot about R, but I don’t necessarily know how to use modern R tools. Lately, I’ve been teaching my students the tidyverse approach to data analysis, which means that ...

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