## Giving a research seminar

An expanded version of this post is available in my article on “Giving an academic talk”. With conference season almost upon us, it is timely to discuss what makes a good conference presentation. Here is a suggested structure. A motivating exampl...

## Forecasting and time series books

People often ask me for recommendations on forecasting books and time series books. So here is list of eight good books to which I often refer. (Updated 8 November 2017) amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "otexts-20"; amzn_assoc...

## Beyond ANOVA: from repeated measures to multilevel models

April 9, 2008
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I have just finished giving a talk on repeated measures ANOVA and multilevel models at the PsyPAG Postgraduate Mathematics, Statistics and Computing workshop. I promised I would upload a link to my presentation. Here it is:I managed to correct a couple...

## R workshop

There was an R workshop on 28-29 June, just before the Australian Statistical Conference. I put in an appearance on the second day giving two talks. Time series and forecasting in R handout slides Building R packages for Windows handout slides

## Creating a BibTeX file from a Google Library

As you will have seen if you poke around these pages, I have a Google Library of books in statistics and forecasting. This is intended to be a complete copy of what is on the shelves in my office (about 400 books), plus books that I would like on my sh...

## The maths/stats crisis in Australian education

There is a great article in today’s Australian by my co-author Peter Hall on the crisis in mathematics & statistics education (with student numbers falling at the same time as the number of jobs is rising). The most interesting comment is the...

## Dodgy forecasting

A few years ago I did some forecasting work for a commonwealth government department and found that they were forecasting a \$5 billion budget using the FORECAST command in Excel. Worse, they were fitting a regression through only three observations and...

February 24, 2008
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I was thinking of writing a book on doing research in statistics. Instead, I decided to write a blog covering the same material, plus other things that might be of interest to my research team. Topics covered include LaTeX, R, writing and preparing a t...

## Y qué tal por Madrid? (concierto de Los Esclavos, febrero 2008)

February 18, 2008
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El pasado finde me fui con los enfermos estos a la capital para medirnos en una de sus salas: la Costello. El concierto de Madrid fue francamente increíble, tocamos de puta madre, la gente respondió, y yo fue de las veces que más me he divertido toc...

## Concierto en Planta Baja (y en El Tren)

January 23, 2008
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Por fin tocamos en Planta Baja!! Fue el pasado sábado 19 de Enero y la cosa salió bastante bien. Bastante bien teniendo en cuenta que era el primer concierto sin Aitor, nuestro vocalista y guitarra rítmico. El tío ya no se junta con nosotros desde ...

January 2, 2008
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Mi padre se ha currado un montaje para la canción "Madrid" que tocamos en la telonera, mezclándolo con imágenes de un ensayo.

## Con vistas al Mar

December 14, 2007
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Qué pena que los romanos tengan solamente un cuello! Calígula, emperador romano, famoso por su condicta autoritaria y extravagante Capítulo I: Yo soy yo Otro día que cocino espagueti, y joder, cada día me saben peor. Al principio me lo curraba...

## Concierto en la Telonera

November 26, 2007
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To wapo el concierto del pasado 24 de Noviembre en "La Telonera". Sin duda fué el concierto en el que mejor tocamos hasta la fecha. Esta vez nos tocaba abrir la actuación, de forma que subimos al escenario a las 10:50 aproximadamente, con e...

## Indexing in LaTeX

November 16, 2007
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I’m in the final stages of preparing my new exponential smoothing book for publication and have been learning about some LaTeX indexing tools. The standard subject index is created using the following procedure: Include \index{entry} commands wh...

## Los Esclavos

November 6, 2007
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Bueno, ha habido algunos cambios importantes últimamente. El primero es que nuestro bajista, Enri se ha roto la mano. Por lo visto estaba en plena orgía amateur cuando resbaló de la cama y el metacarpio dió contra el suelo, pulverizándose ambos en...

## Tables in LaTeX

November 1, 2007
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(Updated May 2017) Making tables in LaTeX is one of the few areas where LaTeX can be more difficult than a WYSIWYG editor. Here are some pointers to tools and packages that I have found useful. tablesgenerator.com: a web-based tool for generating LaTe...

## Searching the statistical literature

September 12, 2007
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Last week, Google books introduced a facility whereby users can create their own “library” containing a subset of books to search. I have set up a library of statistical books to aid in searching the statistical literature. My Google librar...

## Organization and R

September 6, 2007
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Many R users seem to get themselves in a bit of a mess with R files and workspaces scattered across different directories. The R files themselves also get messy and hard to follow. So here is some advice on keeping organized with R: Try to keep code s...

## Organization and R

September 6, 2007
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Many R users seem to get themselves in a bit of a mess with R files and workspaces scattered across different directories. The R files themselves also get messy and hard to follow. So here is some advice on keeping organized with R: Try to keep code s...

## Forecasting in the news

September 6, 2007
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There’s an interesting article in today’s Age on the difficulty of long term forecasting. This is an area into which I won’t venture as it requires a strong belief in the idea that the future is just like the observed past. I am willi...

## Debugging in R

August 31, 2007
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Anyone who starts writing serious R code (i.e., code that involves user-written functions) soon finds the need to use debugging tools. There are a few basic tools in R that are worth knowing about. The function debug() allows one to step through the ex...

## Producciones Peligrosas – Fin

August 7, 2007
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Por fin tenemos los temas !!!. En principio nos dieron los temas sin masterizar, de modo que a estos temas les he improvisado yo una masterización. Cuando los chicos de producciones peligrosas nos lo pasen con su masterización cabe esperar que estén...

## Producciones Peligrosas – Dia 4

July 18, 2007
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Hemos tenido un parón larguillo debido a que nuestro técnico se puso enfermo, pero tras semana y media hemos retomado la grabación. Mientras tanto, en ese tiempo hemos puesto letra a un par de canciones nuevas. Yo creo que lo bueno de hoy ha sido pr...