**A**s every odd year, the Royal Statistical Society is seeking a new joint editor for Series B! After four years of dedication to the (The!) journal, Piotr Fryzlewicz is indeed going to retire from this duty by the end of 2017. Many thanks to Piotr for his unfailing involvement in Series B and the preservation of its uncompromising selection of papers! The call thus open for candidates for the next round of editorship, from 2018 to 2021, with a deadline of 31 January, 2017. Interested candidates should contact Martin Owen, at the Society’s address or by email at rss.org.uk with journal as recipient (local-part). The new editor will work with the current joint editor, David Dunson, whose term runs till December 2019. (I am also looking forward working with Piotr’s successor in developing the Series B blog, Series’ Blog!)

## Archive for blog

## a new Editor for Series B

Posted in Statistics with tags blog, JRSSB, Royal Statistical Society, Series B on January 16, 2017 by xi'an## new kid on the blog

Posted in Kids, Statistics, University life with tags blog, computational statistics, Fondation des Sciences Mathématiques de Paris, linguistics, Monte Carlo Statistical Methods, New Kids on the Block, Université Paris Dauphine on January 27, 2016 by xi'an[I first thought this title was highly original but a google search showed me wrong…] **T**his short post to point out to the new blog started by Ingmar Schuster on computational statistics and linguistics. Which, so far, keeps strictly to the discussion of recent research papers (rather than ratiocinating about all kinds of tangential topics like a certain ‘Og…) Some of which we may discuss in parallel. And some not. So keep posted! Ingmar came to Paris-Dauphine for a doctoral visit last Winter and is back as a postdoc (supported by the Fondation des Sciences Mathématiques de Paris) since last Fall. Working with me and Nicolas, among others.

## The foundations of Statistics [reply]

Posted in Books, R, Statistics, University life with tags blog, foundations, introductory textbooks, linguistics, mathematics, R, simulation, Statistics Forum on July 19, 2011 by xi'an**S**hravan Vasishth has written a response to my review both published on the Statistics Forum. His response is quite straightforward and honest. In particular, he acknowledges not being a statistician and that he “should spend more time studying statistics”. I also understand the authors’ frustration at trying “to recruit several statisticians (at different points) to join [them] as co-authors for this book, in order to save [them] from [them]selves, so to speak. Nobody was willing to do join in.” (Despite the kind proposal to join as a co-author to a new edition, I would be rather unwilling as well, mostly because of the concept to avoid calculus at all cost… I will actually meet with Shravan at the end of the month to discuss specifics of the statistical flaws in this book.)

**H**owever, I still do not understand why the book was published without a proper review from a statistician. Springer is a/my serious scientific editor and book proposals usually go through several reviews, prior to and after redaction. Shravan Vasishth asks for alternative references, which I personally cannot provide for lack of teaching at this level, but this is somehow besides the point: even if a book at the intended level and for the intended audience did not exist, this would not justify the publication of a book on statistics (and only statistics) by authors not proficient enough in the topic.

**O**ne point of the response I do not get is the third item about the blog and letting my “rage get the better of [myself] (the rage is no doubt there for good reason)”. Indeed, while I readily acknowledge the review is utterly negative, I have tried to stick to facts, either statistical flaws (like the unbiasedness of *s*) or presentation defects. The reference to a blog in the book could be a major incentive to adopt the book, so if the blog does not live as a blog, it is both a disappointment to the reader and a sort of a breach of advertising. I perfectly understand the many reasons for not maintaining a blog (!), but then the site should have been advertised as a site rather than a blog. This was the meaning of the paragraph

The authors advertise a blog about the book that contains very little information. (The last entry is from December 2010: “The book is out”.) This was a neat idea, had it been implemented.

that does not sound full of rage to me… Anyway, this is a minor point.

## The foundations of Statistics: a simulation-based approach

Posted in Books, R, Statistics, University life with tags blog, Emacs, foundations, hypothesis testing, introductory textbooks, LaTeX, linguistics, mathematics, Python, R, simulation, Statistics Forum on July 12, 2011 by xi'an

“We have seen that a perfect correlation is perfectly linear, so an imperfect correlation will be `imperfectly linear’.”page 128

**T**his book has been written by two linguists, Shravan Vasishth and Michael Broe, in order to teach statistics “in areas that are traditionally not mathematically demanding” at a deeper level than traditional textbooks “without using too much mathematics”, towards building “the confidence necessary for carrying more sophisticated analyses” through R simulation. This is a praiseworthy goal, bound to produce a great book. However, and most sadly, I find the book does not live up to expectations. As in Radford Neal’s recent coverage of introductory probability books with R, there are statements there that show a deep misunderstanding of the topic… *(This post has also been published on the Statistics Forum.)* Continue reading

## [h]it figures

Posted in Books, pictures with tags Amazon, blog, comments, New York Subway, spams, tags on June 1, 2014 by xi'anJust a few figures from wordpress about the ‘Og:2,845posts;1,009,428views;5,115comments;5,095tags;470,427spam comments;1,001spams in the past 24 hours;5amazon orders in the past month!## Share:

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