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A new open source data set for anomaly detection

April 1, 2015
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A new open source data set for anomaly detection

Yahoo Labs has just released an interesting new data set useful for research on detecting anomalies (or outliers) in time series data. There are many contexts in which anomaly detection is important. For Yahoo, the main use case is in detecting unusual traffic on Yahoo servers. The data set comprises real traffic to Yahoo services, along […]

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What to cite?

March 25, 2015
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What to cite?

This question comes from a comment on another post: I’ve seen authors citing as many references as possible to try to please potential referees. Many of those references are low quality papers though. Any general guidance about a typical length for the reference section? It depends on the subject and style of the paper. I’ve […]

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New job opportunities at Monash

March 24, 2015
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New job opportunities at Monash

We are now advertising for various positions in applied statistics, operations research and applied mathematics. Click here for details These jobs are with MAXIMA (the Monash Academy for Cross & Interdisciplinary Mathematical Applications). Please do not send any questions to me (I won’t answer). Click above and fol­low the instructions.

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Two new interviews

March 20, 2015
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Two new interviews

I was recently interviewed as part of a promotion for the Monash Business School. The interviews can be watched below if anyone is interested. The titles chosen weren’t my ideas. Predicting the future: pushing the boundaries of electricity forecastin...

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Dark themes for writing

March 18, 2015
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Dark themes for writing

I spend much of my day sitting in front of a screen, coding or writing. To limit the strain on my eyes, I use a dark theme as much as possible. That is, I write with light colored text on a dark background. I don’t know why this is not the default in more software […]

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Common reasons for rejection

March 12, 2015
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Common reasons for rejection

Every week I reject some papers submitted to the International Journal of Forecasting, without sending the papers off to associate editors or reviewers. Here are five of the most common reasons for rejection. 1. Wrong Journal Submissions to the IJF should be about forecasting, obviously. But we often get papers on econometrics, or time series […]

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Nominations for best International Journal of Forecasting paper, 2012–2013

March 4, 2015
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Nominations for best International Journal of Forecasting paper, 2012–2013

Every two years, the International Journal of Forecasting awards a prize for the best paper published in a two year period. It is now time to identify the best paper published in the IJF during 2012 and 2013. There is always about 18 months delay after the publication period to allow time for reflection, citations, […]

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Statistical modelling and analysis of big data

February 22, 2015
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Statistical modelling and analysis of big data

I’m currently attending the one day workshop on this topic at QUT in Brisbane. This morning I spoke on “Visualizing and forecasting big time series data”. My slides are here. The talks are being streamed. OVERVIEW Big data is now endemic in business, industry, government, environmental management, medical science, social research and so on. One […]

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Thanks Paul and welcome Dilek

February 9, 2015
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Thanks Paul and welcome Dilek

Today, there is a change in editors at the International Journal of Forecasting. Paul Goodwin is retiring from the editorial board, and Dilek Önkal is taking his place. Paul Goodwin was appointed as an associate editor in 1999 and as an editor in 2010. Paul is retiring from his position as Professor of Management Science […]

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Standard error: a poem

February 4, 2015
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Standard error: a poem

This poem was written by David Goddard from the Monash University Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. It is reproduced here with his permission. The poem won the inaugural Monash University poetry competition and will soon be published in an anthology of contemporary poetry. For those who like this sort of thing (as I do), there is a […]

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