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amazonly associated thanks (& warnin’)

Posted in Books, Kids, R, Statistics with tags , , , , , , , on December 8, 2013 by xi'an

Following a now well-established pattern, let me (re)warn (the few) unwary ‘Og readers that the links to Amazon.com and to Amazon.fr found on this blog are actually susceptible to earn me a monetary gain [from 4% to 8% on the sales] if a purchase is made by the reader in the 24 hours following the entry on Amazon through this link, thanks to the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com/fr. Unlike the pattern of last year, and of the year before last, the mostly purchased item through the links happens to be related to a blog post, since it is Andrew’s book, with 318 copies of its third edition sold through the ‘Og last month! Here are some of the most exotic purchases:

As usual the books I actually reviewed along the past months, positively or negatively, were among the top purchases… Like two dozen copies of The BUGS book. And a dozen of R for dummies. And even a few of The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics. (Despite a most critical review.) Thanks to all of you using those links (for feeding further my book addiction, books that now eventually end up in the math common room in Dauphine or Warwick, once I have read them)!

five years ‘Oggin’…!

Posted in Books, Kids, Linux, Mountains, pictures, Running, Statistics, Travel, University life, Wines with tags , on October 2, 2013 by xi'an

(past) sunset over Kata Tjuta (Mounts Olga); Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 6, 2012I have just been reminded by wordpress that it has been five years since I started this blog,.. With about 2500 posts, more than 800,000 views and 4,500 comments (thanks to Deborah, Dan, Julien, and Arnaud!). Thanks to all readers for being supportive and to the hardcore readers for being always there, despite the lack of constancy, the unreasonable amount of silly posts, and the abuse of saturated pictures. I cannot predict if the ‘Og will last much longer, for the times they are a-changin’, but those have been fun five years!

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

Amazon associates links (warnin’)

Posted in Books, Kids, R, Statistics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2012 by xi'an

Fox Point Hurricane Barrier and Manchester Street Power Station, Providence, RI, Nov. 30, 2012As in previous years, let me warn unwary readers that the links to Amazon.com and Amazon.fr found on this blog are actually susceptible to earn me a monetary gain [from 4% to 7%] if a purchase is made in the 24 hours following the entry on Amazon through this link, thanks to the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com/fr. As with last year, most of the items purchased through the links and contributing to my bookoholic addiction are rather unrelated with the purpose of the ‘Og, but, as already mentioned , anything can happen within 24 hours! Here are the weirdest ones:

plus of course the books I actually reviewed along the past months, positively or negatively… Like seven copies of Error and Inference. And a dozen of R for dummies. And many other books on Bayesian statistics and R programming. Thanks!

numbers

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , on December 2, 2012 by xi'an

Last week, the ‘Og reached 2000 posts, 4000 comments, and 600,000 views. These are the most popular entries

In{s}a(ne)!! 8,277
“simply start over and build something better” 7,069
George Casella 5,757
Julien on R shortcomings 3,226
Sudoku via simulated annealing 2,995
#2 blog for the statistics geek?! 2,676
Bayesian p-values 2,395
Solution manual to Bayesian Core on-line 2,111
Of black swans and bleak prospects 2,009
Solution manual for Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R 1,996
Parallel processing of independent Metropolis-Hastings algorithms 1,862
Bayes’ Theorem 1,721
Bayes on the Beach 2010 [2] 1,718
Do we need an integrated Bayesian/likelihood inference? 1,585
Coincidence in lotteries 1,486
Julian Besag 1945-2010 1,407

As noted earlier this year, the posts on the future of R remain the top visited posts. Sadly and comfortingly, the entry I wrote for mourning George passing away was the most visited this year. Bayes on the Beach 2010 [2] gets traffic for the wrong reason, simply for mentioning Surfers’ Paradise… As a coincidence, I also reached the 4000 level on Stack Exchange – Cross Validation, but this is so completely anecdotal…

>500,000 (views)

Posted in Statistics with tags , on May 22, 2012 by xi'an

On principle, by the time this post appears (prediction from the 21st!), the ‘Og will have accumulated more than 500,000 views all-time since its very first post. Thank you, readers!

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