Recommended survey papers

Survey articles are particularly helpful in getting a foothold in a new research area, or in looking for important papers that you may have overlooked. Whatever area of research you are in, look out for survey papers and journals dedicated to publishin…

Social networking for researchers

It would be nice to have a place to share ideas, links, comments in a very informal way with others involved in research in statistical methodology and data science. CrossValidated.com is great for specific questions, but is not suitable for commenting…

Comparing HoltWinters() and ets()

I received this email today:
I have a question about the ets() function in R, which I am trying to use for Holt-Winters exponential smoothing. My problem is that I am getting very different estimates of the alpha, beta and gamma parameters using ets()…

I’m switching to TeXstudio

I’ve happily used WinEdt for all my LaTeX editing for about 15 years and I’ve encouraged my whole research team to use it. But I’m tired of problems with WinEdt that take up my time.I regularly have requests for help from one of my re…

Ten rules for data analysis

Peter Kennedy was an associate editor of the International Journal of Forecasting and a superb applied econometrician. He died unexpectedly in August 2010. He was best known for his excellent book _A Guide to Econometrics_ as well as his “Ten Com…

Authorship ethics

With the constant pressure on academics to publish research papers, there is a temptation for research groups to include “coauthors” who have not really made any contribution to the manuscript. This seems more prevalent in some fields (e.g….

Becoming a referee

I regularly get emails from people wanting to be referees for the International Journal of Forecasting, usually with an accompanying CV. This is not how the process works.
Referees are almost always selected because they have previously written papers …

Tips for academic talks

There is a nice post on Matt Might’s blog entitled “10 tips on how to give an academic talk”. Check it out.
He recommends the following two books by Joey Asher.
See also my article on “Giving an academic talk”.

In praise of Dropbox

Every couple of years, a new technology has a big impact on how I work. Gmail was one. My iPhone was another. And I rank Dropbox in the same category.
I get three huge benefits in using Dropbox:
All my files are backed up online. The house can burn do…

CrossValidated Journal Club

Journal Clubs are a great way to learn new research ideas and to keep up with the literature. The idea is that a group of people get together every week or so to discuss a paper of joint interest. This can happen within your own research group or depar…

Hamming on research

Richard Hamming was an excellent mathematician who worked at the interface of mathematics and computer science. In 1986 he gave a wonderful talk entitled You and Your Research. Derek Smith on the AMS Graduate Student blog reminded me of it today. If yo…

Data visualization videos

Probably everyone has seen Hans Rosling’s famous TED talk by now. If not, here it is:
I recently came across a couple of other exceptional talks on data visualization:
Hans Rosling again: ”Let my dataset change your mindset”. If onl…

Initializing the Holt-Winters method

The Holt-Winters method is a popular and effective approach to forecasting seasonal time series. But different implementations will give different forecasts, depending on how the method is initialized and how the smoothing parameters are selected. In t…