Monday, July 1, 2013

Congratulations, Graham Voss!

Congratulations to my departmental colleague, Graham Voss, whose promotion to full Professor takes effect today!

Graham describes his research interests as: "Applied macroeconomics with a focus on monetary and fiscal policies and exchange rates". He's a very accomplished empirical macroeconomist, with extensive experience at The Reserve Bank of Australia (their central bank) to complement his academic contributions.

Here's his webpage.

© 2013, David E. Giles

The Bootstrap - A Non-Technical Introduction

Computer-intensive methods have become essential to much of statistical analysis, and that includes econometrics. Think of Monte Carlo simulations, MCMC for Bayesian methods, maximum simulated likelihood, empirical likelihood methods, the jackknife, and (of course) the bootstrap.

Although we usually date the bootstrap from Bradley Efron's 1979 paper, as a resampling method it has its roots in earlier, related, contributions including those of Quenouille (1949, 1956).

The main purpose of this post is to draw readers' attention to the piece by Diaconis and Efron (1983) that appeared in Scientific American. It's written for a "general audience", which is nice, and it also provides an interesting snapshot of what was cutting-edge computing 30 years ago. The discussion paper version of the article (including typos) is available here.

As a final bonus, the examples include one from econometrics!


Diaconis and B. Efron, 1983. Computer intensive methods in statistics. Scientific American, 248, 116-132.

Efron, B., 1979. Bootstrap methods: Another look at the jackknife. Annals of Statistics, 7, 1-26.

Quenouille, M. H.,1949. Approximate tests of correlation in time series. Journal of the Royal
Statistical Society, Series B, 11, 18-44.

Quenouille, M. H.,1956. Notes on bias in estimation. Biometrika, 61, 353-360.

© 2013, David E. Giles