Welcome to the Highstat blog
- 1993 – 1997: MSc in mathematics (University of Groningen, The Netherlands).
- 1997 – 2000: PhD in statistics. Based at Aberdeen University, UK. Funded by The Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ).
- 2000 – 2005: Statistical consultant at FRS Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen, UK.
- 2002 – present: Director of Highland Statistics Ltd.
So, now you know where I am from, and 15 years living in Scotland has given me a Scottish accent (or so they say).
Together with my colleague, Dr. Elena Ieno (who is a biologist), we teach twenty 5-day statistics courses (all over the world) per year. Course topics are based on our three Springer books (Analysing Ecological data; Mixed effects models and extensions in ecology with R; A Beginner’s Guide to R) and our four self-publishing books (Zero Inflated Models and GLMM with R; Beginner’s Guide to GAM with R; Beginner’s Guide to GLM and GLMM with R; Beginner’s Guide to GAMM with R).
So, why write a blog?
- Nandi and me foolishly moved permanently to Scotland. So, no more coconut trees. Speaking of coconut trees….I was nearly killed by a coconut falling out of a tree! Imagine that: ‘Statistician killed by coconut‘. Never become part of your own data sets! Bad idea.
- The seven books contain a large number of topics, but to avoid 1000+ page books, we had to drop lots of small sections and analyses. A blog is a nice platform to present some of the material that did not go into the books.
- We will try to avoid the ‘read this blog, now buy a book‘ sentence. Having said that, at times it may be difficult to avoid this, especially if we discuss add-on analyses of specific book chapters.
- I believe they have banana trees on the west coast of Scotland…..perhaps I should write the next book under a banana tree?
Sailing around Tobago with my wife Nandi.
Writing companion from Tobago