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National Science Week Melbourne Mathematics Activities

Next week is National Science Week and there are a few mathematics activities happening around Melbourne that are being sponsored by ACEMS.   Elsewhere in Melbourne: Mon 13 Aug 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm Public Talk: Is this your card? Location: University of Melbourne Speakers: Anthony Mays & Jen Palisse Pick a card, any card! The immortal phrase of the magician. In this talk, we’ll look at some great card tricks that have simple maths behind them.

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Data Science for Managers: May 2018

For the last few years, I have been involved with running a 3-day short course on “Data Science for Managers”. We have run it twice each year since 2015, and it continues to prove very popular. We have some awesome presenters including Monash University professors Di Cook, Geoff Webb, and Kim Marriott, as well as several very experienced data scientists working in industry. The next course will be held on 8-10 May 2018.

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Come and work with me

I have funding for a new post-doctoral research fellow, on a 2-year contract, to work with me and Professor Kate Smith-Miles on analysing large collections of time series data. We are particularly seeking someone with a PhD in computational statistics or statistical machine learning. Desirable characteristics: Experience with time series data. Experience with R package development. Familiarity with reproducible research practices (e.g., git, rmarkdown, etc). A background in machine learning or computational statistics.

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Looking for a new research assistant

I’m currently looking for a new research assistant to help (primarily) with some modelling and R coding as part of a project on forecasting mobile phone sales. The position is likely to last for about 6–9 months, and will be casual. Requirements Based in Melbourne. I’d rather not communicate remotely. Able to work at least 20 hours per week. Some of that can be from home if necessary, but you do need to be at Monash University (Clayton campus) at least some of the time.

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Academic vacancies at Monash

We are hiring again, at all academic levels. While all fields of specialisation within econometrics and statistics are open, expertise in any of Business Analytics, Data Science, Applied Econometrics and Actuarial Science is particularly encouraged. All positions are full-time and continuing (i.e., tenured after a probation period). Applications close at 11:55pm AEST, Friday 30 June 2017. Please direct initial questions to Liam Mahon. Lecturer Suitable for someone just completing a PhD or a post-doc.

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Software for honours students

I spoke to our new crop of honours students this morning. Here are my slides, example files and links. Managing References Mendeley Zotero Paperpile Data analysis and computation Download R Download Rstudio Online R tutorial R packages for time series R packages for econometrics R packages for finance Writing your thesis LaTeX Windows: Download MikTeX Mac OSX: Download MacTeX Linux: Check your usual software source for TeXLive; otherwise install TeX Live directly.

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Monash Rmarkdown templates on github

Rmarkdown templates for staff and students in my department are now available on github. For a thesis, fork the repository MonashThesis.

For other templates, install the R package MonashEBSTemplates R package. This provides templates for

  • beamer slides
  • working papers
  • exams
  • letters

Come to Melbourne, even if not to Monash

The University of Melbourne is advertising for a “Professor in Statistics (Data Science)”. Melbourne (the city) is fast becoming a vibrant centre for data science and applied statistics, with more than 4700 people signed up for the Data Science Meetup Group, a thriving start-up scene, the group at Monash Business School (including Di Cook and me), and the Monash Centre for Data Science (including Geoff Webb and Wray Buntine). Not to mention that Melbourne is a wonderful place to live, having won the “World’s most liveable city” award from the Economist for the last 6 years in a row.

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Rmarkdown template for a Monash working paper

This is only directly relevant to my Monash students and colleagues, but the same idea might be useful for adapting to other institutions. Some recent changes in the rmarkdown and bookdown packages mean that it is now possible to produce working papers in exactly the same format as we previously used with LaTeX.Just install the MonashEBSTemplates package from github. You also need a recent version of LaTeX. Then from within RStudio, create a new document by selecting “Rmarkdown”, “From Template”, and select “Monash EBS Working Paper”.

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Statistics positions available at Monash University

We are hiring again, and looking for people in statistics, econometrics and related fields (such as actuarial science, machine learning, and business analytics). We have a strong business analytics group (with particular expertise in data visualization, machine learning, statistical computing, R, and forecasting), and it would be great to see it grow. The official advert follows. The Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics at Monash Business School in Melbourne, Australia, invites applications for full-time tenure-track positions at the Senior Lecturer level (equivalent to North American/European Assistant Professor with some post-doctoral academic experience) and Associate Professor level.

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