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August 10, 2009



Good luck. I highlighted some online statistics books here:
I got up to sampling distributions at onlinestatbook.com before getting distracted months ago. I sometimes find it hard to read through texts on my computer (I've got a bunch of pdfs taking up space) because I can so easily read other stuff on the internet. I might make more progress if I had the physical books.

Hopefully Anonymous

TGGP, I think we learn similarly. A hardcopy might help, but debating your way through even introductory quant books is probably the best way to gain fluency in it -for you and for me.

As I blog my way through stat, applied math, and quant social science books, feel free to debate and comment just like you're doing now.


I just checked out the hyperstat book, and it seemed very similar to onlinestatbook (for a second before I rechecked the latter I thought they might be identical), which shouldn't be surprising since David Lane was a major contributor to the latter as well. I prefer the onlinestatbook site.

If you wanted to have something like a book club, you could announce by what time you expect to finish what section so readers will be up to date. I just wish your blog had more readers to participate. I'm a bit surprised that you don't have more, since I consider you more worth reading than even most of the bloggers I like. Another blog that seems to have an oddly low number of readers is Modeled Behavior (which also recently returned from a long lull), which isn't as unique but is still consistently of high quality. One advantage it does have over your blog is that it uses wordpress rather than typepad :)

Completely off-topic, but I just had a post touching on some themes you discuss. Its about a Harvard law professor who just did a lousy job defending a client and reportedly is a poor teacher as well.

Hopefully Anonymous

I'd like to increase my readership, too, among people smart enough to improve the epistemology here. My main strategy is what I call the "Andrew Gelman Strategy" -mention their names in my blog and when they do the inevitable name search, they'll discover my thoughts related to their work.

Given the low internet penetration of even rather elite quantitative social scientists, I think I have a good shot at attracting their attention.

But in short, yes, this blog is succeeding more as a public dialogue between you and me than as an ideas community.

I have had some other same caliber posters (Douglas Knight, Mike Kenny) but when it comes to my blog, you're the grittiest.

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