Tuesday, August 6, 2013


You may have noticed that in the past few of days some promotional links for dataZoa have appeared in the lower part of the right side-bar of this blog page.

Usually, I don't go in for this sort of thing. However, I decided to make an exception in this case. Just so you know - I was not asked to do this, I'm getting nothing out of this, and I have no financial interest in dataZoa.

I simply wanted to share information about a really, really, nice resource. So, let me tell you just a little about it, and then you can go and explore dataZoa™ for yourselves.

The Stats Chat Blog

Recently, I've begun following the Stats Chat blog. Run by the Department of Statistics at the University of Auckland - the largest statistics department in New Zealand or Australia (and the birthplace of R) - this blog apparently started in April of this year.

It's aim is:
"to foster discussion of data around us, particularly in the media, and build an archive of resources for the general public, journalists and teachers".
Although the posts may appear to have a heavy N.Z. orientation, the topics covered are definitely of interest to a broader audience. I especially recommend this blog to students with an interest in statistics and/or econometrics.

You'll see interesting material, presented by members of a talented statistics group that has a long history of excellence.


I love the Department's (and blog's) by-line:

"Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write." – H.G. Wells.

© 2013, David E. Giles