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Sponsorship for the Cairns forecasting conference

August 31, 2016
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Sponsorship for the Cairns forecasting conference

Regular readers will know that the International Symposium on Forecasting is coming to Australia in June 2017. This is the leading international forecasting conference, and one I’ve attended every year for the past 17 years. It will be held in Cairns, Australia — one of the most beautiful locations in the country (and there is […]

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Rmarkdown template for a Monash working paper

August 28, 2016
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Rmarkdown template for a Monash working paper

This is only directly relevant to my Monash students and colleagues, but the same idea might be useful for adapting to other institutions. Some recent changes in the rmarkdown and bookdown packages mean that it is now possible to produce working papers in exactly the same format as we previously used with LaTeX. The following […]

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The thief package for R: Temporal HIErarchical Forecasting

August 22, 2016
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I have a new R package available to do temporal hierarchical forecasting, based on my paper with George Athanasopoulos, Nikolaos Kourentzes and Fotios Petropoulos. (Guess the odd guy out there!) It is called “thief” – an acronym for Temporal HIErarchical Forecasting. The idea is to take a seasonal time series, and compute all possible temporal […]

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“Forecasting with R” short course in Eindhoven

August 18, 2016
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“Forecasting with R” short course in Eindhoven

I will be giving my 3-day short-course/workshop on “Forecasting with R” in Eindhoven (Netherlands) from 19-21 October. Details at https://www.win.tue.nl/~adriemel/shortcourse.html Register here

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RStudio just keeps getting better

December 11, 2015
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RStudio just keeps getting better

RStudio has been a life-changer for the way I work, and for how I teach data analysis. I still have a couple of minor frustrations with it, but they are slowly disappearing as RStudio adds features. I use dual monitors and I like to code on one monitor and have the console and plots on […]

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Who’s downloading the forecast package?

December 9, 2015
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Who’s downloading the forecast package?

The github page for the forecast package currently shows the following information Note the downloads figure: 264K/month. I know the package is popular, but that seems crazy. Also, the downloads figure on github only counts the downloads from the RStudio mirror, and ignores downloads from the other 125 mirrors around the world. Here are the […]

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The hidden benefits of open-source software

November 29, 2015
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The hidden benefits of open-source software

I’ve been having discussions with colleagues and university administration about the best way for universities to manage home-grown software. The traditional business model for software is that we build software and sell it to everyone willing to pay. Very often, that leads to a software company spin-off that has little or nothing to do with the university that nurtured the […]

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ODI looking for young postgrad statisticians

November 13, 2015
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ODI looking for young postgrad statisticians

The Overseas Development Institute Fellowship Scheme sends young postgraduate statisticians (and economists) to work in the public sectors of developing countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific on two-year contracts. This is a great way to develop skills and gain experience working within a developing country’s government. And you get to live in a […]

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Big Data for Official Statistics Competition

November 12, 2015
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Big Data for Official Statistics Competition

This is a new competition being organized by EuroStat. The first phase involves nowcasting economic indicators at national and European level including unemployment, HICP, Tourism and Retail Trade and some of their variants. The main goal of the competition is to discover promising methodologies and data sources that could, now or in the future, be […]

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Jobs at Monash University

November 6, 2015
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Jobs at Monash University

We have two new continuing positions currently being advertised in our department: for lecturer and senior lecturer. Details are on the Monash website. (For those in North America, a lecturer is equivalent to your assistant professor, and a senior lecturer is equivalent to your associate professor. See the Wikipedia article on Australian academic ranks for […]

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