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biblatex for statisticians

Published on 22 August 2014

I am now using bibla­tex for all my bib­li­o­graphic work as it seems to have devel­oped enough to be sta­ble and reli­able. The big advan­tage of bibla­tex is that it is easy to for­mat the bib­li­og­ra­phy to con­form to spe­cific jour­nal or pub­lisher styles. It is also pos­si­ble to have struc­tured bib­li­ogra­phies (e.g., divided into sec­tions: books, papers, R pack­ages, etc.)

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Online collaborative writing

Published on 28 January 2014

Every­one who has writ­ten a paper with another author will know it can be tricky mak­ing sure you don’t end up with two ver­sions that need to be merged. The good news is that the days of send­ing updated drafts by email back­wards and for­wards is finally over (hav­ing lasted all of 25 years — I can barely imag­ine writ­ing papers before email).

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Managing research ideas

Published on 25 May 2013

I received this email today: Dear Pro­fes­sor Hyn­d­man, I was won­der­ing if you could maybe give me some advice on how to orga­nize your research process. I am able to search the lit­er­a­ture on a cer­tain topic and iden­tify where there is a ques­tion to work with. My main dif­fi­cult is to orga­nize my paper anno­ta­tions in order to help me to guide my research process, i.e, how to man­age the infor­ma­tion gath­ered in those papers to com­pose and struc­ture a doc­u­ment which can rep­re­sent the research devel­oped so far. I have been look­ing at dif­fer­ent tools such scrivener, Qiqqa, papers2, etc but I am not sure if one of these tools would be the right way to go. To be hon­est I am not even sure a tool would do what I am look­ing for, not just orga­nize ref­er­ences and anno­tate pdfs but to get more con­trol of my research process. I appre­ci­ate if I could get your thoughts on this subject.

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Establishing priority

Published on 6 May 2013

The nature of research is that other peo­ple are prob­a­bly work­ing on sim­i­lar ideas to you, and it is pos­si­ble that some­one will beat you to pub­lish­ing them.

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Put your pre-​​prints online

Published on 2 August 2012

I have argued pre­vi­ously that research papers should be posted online at the same time as they are sub­mit­ted to a jour­nal. Some­times peo­ple claim that jour­nals don’t allow it, which is non­sense. Almost every jour­nal allows it, and many also allow the pub­lished ver­sion of a paper to appear on your per­sonal web­site. Today I dis­cov­ered a new tool (thanks to the IMU newslet­ter) which makes it easy to check a journal’s pol­icy on this. Check out SHERPA/​​RoMEO. It’s a very use­ful tool, but who­ever thought SHERPA/​​RoMEO was a good name needs therapy.

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My new forecasting textbook

Published on 23 May 2012

After years of say­ing that I was going to write a book to replace Makri­dakis, Wheel­wright and Hyn­d­man (1998), I’m finally ready to make an announce­ment! My new book is Fore­cast­ing: prin­ci­ples and prac­tice, co-​​​​authored with George Athana­sopou­los. It is avail­able online and free-​​​​of-​​​​charge. We have writ­ten about 2⁄3 of the book so far (all of which is already avail­able online), and we plan to fin­ish it by the end of 2012. We hope to make a print ver­sion of the book avail­able on Ama­zon in early 2013. This text­book is intended to pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive intro­duc­tion to fore­cast­ing meth­ods and present enough infor­ma­tion about each method for read­ers to use them sen­si­bly. We don’t attempt to give a thor­ough dis­cus­sion of the the­o­ret­i­cal details behind each method, although the ref­er­ences at the end of each chap­ter will fill in many of those details. We use R through­out the book and we intend stu­dents to learn how to fore­cast with R. The book has it’s own R pack­age: fpp. This con­tains all the data sets used in the book, and also loads a few other pack­ages that are nec­es­sary to com­plete the exam­ples. The book is dif­fer­ent from other fore­cast­ing text­books in sev­eral ways. It is free and online, mak­ing it acces­si­ble to


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Table design

Published on 14 February 2012

Almost every research paper and the­sis in sta­tis­tics con­tains at least some tables, yet stu­dents are rarely taught how to make good tables. While the prin­ci­ples of good graph­ics are slowly becom­ing part of a sta­tis­ti­cal edu­ca­tion (although not an econo­met­rics edu­ca­tion!), the prin­ci­ples of good tables are often ignored. Per­haps peo­ple think they are obvi­ous, although the results I see in papers and the­ses sug­gest otherwise.

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What you wish you knew before you started a PhD

Published on 11 November 2011

I asked my research group recently what they wished they had learned before they started work on a PhD. Here are some of the responses.

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I’m switching to TeXstudio

Published on 29 March 2011

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.

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Authorship ethics

Published on 11 January 2011

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., the health sci­ences) than oth­ers. Occa­sion­ally, I am asked to add an author to a paper that has already been accepted for pub­li­ca­tion in the Inter­na­tional Jour­nal of Fore­cast­ing. I am very reluc­tant to do this as it is hard to imag­ine how some­one could be left off a paper while it goes through sev­eral revi­sions, only to be remem­bered after the paper is accepted. It looks like a last ditch attempt to get some­one a pub­li­ca­tion rather than a gen­uine research con­tri­bu­tion. Most uni­ver­si­ties now have an author­ship pol­icy. The author­ship pol­icy at Monash Uni­ver­sity includes the fol­low­ing state­ments. Attri­bu­tion of author­ship … in all cases author­ship must be based on mak­ing a sub­stan­tial intel­lec­tual con­tri­bu­tion to the work described and tak­ing sole or joint respon­si­bil­ity for that con­tri­bu­tion or, where appro­pri­ate, the work as a whole. Accord­ingly, author­ship must be based upon a sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion and respon­si­bil­ity for at least one, and usu­ally more than one, of the fol­low­ing activ­i­ties: Con­cep­tion and design of the project; Analy­sis and inter­pre­ta­tion of research data; Draft­ing


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