Applied Statistics


We started our Statistical Modeling blog in 2004 as a way that I could share information with students, postdocs, and others in my research group. The idea was that we would post ideas and use the blog to comment on them. The blog was open to the world so that outsiders could hear about what we were doing and comment also. (We also set up a wiki but we found it awkward to use, and then it got hacked, so we abandoned that idea.)

But I soon realized that the blog was really more of a place for me to throw out ideas–a convenient notebook where I could write things down and no longer have to keep them in my memory. I started out with one post per weekday (asking postdocs to post when I was away on vacation) but have gradually increased the pace.

Recently we were invited to start a blog here at Science Blogs. This seemed like a good idea, a way to reach a new set of readers. At the same time, I didn’t want to abandon the Mother Blog. So I’ll be posting some stuff here, and linking back and forth.

P.S. People came up with lots of fun ideas for titles (see here and here), but I ended up going with Applied Statistics, which is boring but descriptive. (My sentimental favorite was “If You Don’t Buy This Magazine, We’ll Kill This Blog.”)


  1. #1 Coturnix
    October 31, 2009

    Welcome to The Family. Happy to see you here.

  2. #2 Comrade PhysioProf
    October 31, 2009

    Dude, welcome to ScienceBlogs!!! You have no fucking idea how happy I am to have a statistician here!!!!!!!!!!

  3. #3 The Science Pundit
    October 31, 2009


    As a fan of, I fully expect you to live up to the Silver Standard. 😉

    Seriously though, it’s nice to have another statistics blog to follow. Statistics is the most maligned branch of mathematics. Yet it is the only branch of mathematics which is employed by all of the sciences (hard and soft). The more outreach for stats (palindrome alert!) the better!

    ps–Based on the fact that there are zero comments as I write this, I’m guessing that you’re still on the “comments moderation” default mode. You need to switch out of that ASAP! 🙂

  4. #4 Grant
    November 1, 2009

    I was going to say that at least your title sits near the top of the pull-down of blogs, only to realise you’re not on the list at all!

    Now I have to get back to R…

  5. #5 Alex
    November 1, 2009

    *Arrives from the Mother blog*


  6. #6 Bob O'H
    November 1, 2009

    Oooh, the empire expands!

    Do you realise that you’re being used by the Secret BUGS cabal? You’re just the advanced guard, to get everyone interested in Bayes. Once they’re hooked, we’ll unleash everything Andrew Thomas can provide.

  7. #7 EMJ
    November 2, 2009

    Oooh, the empire expands!

    Excellent. [Cue Mr. Burns slowly tapping his fingers together and chuckling maniacally.]

  8. #8 Chris P
    November 2, 2009

    Looking forward to more interesting posts from you. Best wishes!

  9. #9 Isis the Scientist
    November 4, 2009

    Welcome Scibling!

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