I majored in mathematics and computer science as an undergraduate (along
with a minor in English Literature). I studied computer mathematics
and numerical analysis in graduate school.
I began writing and improving existing statistical and numerical software in
1970. Until 1985 such statistical software development activities
comprised a major portion of my duties, first at the University of Illinois
at Chicago, and later at Northwestern University. During this period I
wrote some major components for SPSS (e.g., SPSS MANOVA) and SCA. I also
ported and improved a wide variety of statistical programs to Control Data
In December of 1988 I left Northwestern University to join a start-up
firm, Reflective Systems. We sought to meld artificial intelligence
techniques, database methods, and network access into a seamless approach to
accessing distributed data, discovering hidden data relationships, and
producing concise reports in written and graphical form. The system we
envisioned also incorporated advanced techniques for guiding data
analysis. Unfortunately, we were not able to attract sufficient funding
to take our ideas further than a prototype system.
After Reflective Systems closed in 1990, I joined another startup,
Broadview Communications, which sought to develop leading-edge communications
software for PCs.
In the Fall of 1993 I returned to Northwestern University. I have not
worked on statistical computing applications since 1990. I miss this
line of work since it was a big part of my professional career for so many
Archives, Databases, and Indices
- Annotated Bibliography of Articles for the Statistics User
was compiled by Loren McMaster of the Statistical Consulting
Service at York University.
- Bibliography for Computational Probability and Statistics
was compiled by Dr. Hossein Arsham.
- Bureau of Justice Statistics home page
- Current Index to Statistics
- Data Zoo (list of data sources)
- Guide to Statistical Computing Resources on the Internet
by Ken Varnum and Jon Weise is probably the most
comprehensive list of links to statistics-oriented resources.
- Guide to the Web for Statisticians
by Gordon Smyth offers annotated links to statistical
software distributors, data sets, statistics departments,
societies, and much more.
- History of Mathematics Home Page
- Math Forum Internet Resource Collection
offers pointers to web resources for mathematics.
is a repository of mathematical software, papers, and
databases. Offers a Java-based version of the Linpack
benchmark among many other things.
- Resampling Stats Home Page
offers information about statistics in general and resampling
methods (jackknifing, bootstrapping) in particular.
- Statistical Resources on the Web/Economics
offers a list of web sites about statistics in economics and
with economic data. Includes comprehensive sites, business
and industry, cost of living, federal/state finances, finance,
foreign and international, foreign trade, and labor sites.
- Statistics and Statistical Graphics Resources
by Michael Friendly provides a topic-based collection of
available web resources for statistics, statistical graphics,
and computation related to research, data analysis and
- Statistics on the Web
by Clay Helberg offers annotated links to statistical
resources, software, and people.
- StatLib Index
- U, S. Census Bureau
- U. S. Geological Survey EROS home page
- Virtual Library--Statistics Page
- WWW.STATOO.COM --- The Portal to Statistics on the Internet
provides a web index to "data analysis and mining tools, java
applets, technical consulting, references to people,
institutions, books, etc."
Conferences and Workshops
History of Mathematics and Statistics
Journals and Publishers
- Advances in Applied Probability
is an official journal of the Institute of Mathematical
- Annals of Statistics
- Computational Statistics
"is an international journal which promotes the publication
of applications and methodological research in the field of
Computational Statistics. The focus of papers in CompStat on
the contribution to and influence of computing on Statistics
and vice versa. The journal provides a forum for computer
scientists, mathematicians, and statisticians in a variety of
fields of statistics such as biometrics, econometrics, data
analysis, graphics, simulation, algorithms, knowledge based
systems, and Bayesian computing. CompStat publishes hardware,
software plus package reports as well as book reviews."
- Institute of Mathematical Statistics Bulletin
- Journal of Applied Probability
- Journal of Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
- Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation
publishes work in areas of statistics which are related to or
dependent upon the computer, including computer algorithms
related to probability or statistics, studies in statistical
inference by means of simulation techniques, and
implementation of interactive statistical systems.
- Journal of Statistics Education
- Math Forum Internet Collection - mathpubs
offers annotated links to math journals, newsletters,
preprints, and books.
- Sage Publications
- SIAM Journals
- UCLA Statistics Series
offers copies of papers on a variety of statistical topics.
- Abacus Concepts, Inc.
- Aptech Systems, Inc.
offers the GAUSS Mathematical and Statistical System. GAUSS
is a high level matrix programming language specializing in
commands, functions, and procedures for data analysis and
- Arc Software
is a free menu-driven statistical analysis tool for
regression problems based upon Xlisp-Stat.
by Micrometrix Corporation is a Windows-based program that
performs automated calculation of about eighty
formulae/applications useful in education and psychological
research, practice, and coursework.
- Cytel Software
offers StatXact 3 for Windows, for analyzing small-sample
categorical data; LogXact for Windows, for performing
small-sample logistic regression; and EaSt, for planning and
analyzing sequential clinical trials.
- Data Desk
offers Data Desk, is a visual data analysis tool for both MS
Windows and Macintosh; and ActivStats, an introductory
statistics course on CDROM using the full range of multimedia
- Data Mine
by Andy Pryke discusses data mining and knowledge discovery
in databases. Includes a list of software.
- Epi Info Home Page
, at the Center for Disease Control, offers information on
this free software program for IBM-compatible personal
computers. Epi Info offers integrated word-processing,
database management, and statistical analysis for public
- Epi Info Manuals
are available from from Brixton Books.
is a GNU licensed program written in C which aims to provide
eventually all the facilities of SPSS.
- GAMS Development Corp.
offers the General Algebraic Modeling Systems (GAMS), a
high-level modeling system for mathematical programming
problems which runs on many computing platforms.
- Guide to Available Math Software
by Ronald F. Boisvert and Shirley Browne offers a cross-index
and virtual repository of mathematical and statistical
- Idea Works
offers the Methodologists's Toolchest, a collection of expert
systems for statistical analysis.
- Knowledge Discovery Mine
by Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro and Michael Beddows, offers a
clearinghouse for information about techniques and software
for data mining and knowledge discovery.
- Linpack Benchmark -- Java Version
is an applet which runs the Linpack Benchmark in Java. The
Linpack Benchmark is a numerically intensive test that has
been used for many years to measure the floating-point
performance of computers.
is an object-oriented environment for statistical computing
and dynamic graphics written by Luke Tierney at the University
- Lumina Decision Systems, Inc.
offers Analytica, a Macintosh-based system for business
decision modeling and support.
offers MathSoft StatServer, statistical data mining products,
Axum (technical graphics and data analysis), Mathcad PLUS
(numerica and symbolic calculations, differential equations
and advanced matrix operations), and S-PLUS.
offers Matlab, a system for numeric computation and graphical
display aimed at engineers and scientists. Matlab runs under
a variety of operating systems.
- Mathematics for the Web (MINSE)
by Ka-Ping Yee offers a method for expressing mathematical
notation on the Web.
is an intelligent mathematical equation editor.
offers MINITAB Statistical Software, SCAN software fore
chemometric analysis, and STAT 101, a simplified version of
MINITAB for introductory statistics courses.
- NCSS Statistical Software
offers the NumberCruncher Statistical System, the PASS (Power
Analysis and SampleSize) program, and some shareware programs.
- Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) Ltd
offers numerical software libraries, statistical systems such
as Genstat, GLIM, and MLP; NAGWare tools and compilers;
symbolic systems such as AXIOM; and graphics and visualization
software including IRIS Explorer.
is an object-oriented matrix language which runs under
Windows and several Unix platforms.
- Power analysis software for microcomputers
by Len Thomas offers a clearinghouse for information about
power analysis software for microcomputers. Includes links to
sites offering interactive power analysis on the web.
- Resampling Stats
offers resampling software for hypothesis testing, confidence
intervals, assessing standard errors, and more. An older web
page for this software may be found here.
- Ron Schoenberg's Gauss Page
offers information about the Gauss Programming Language from
is Data Analysis and Visualization Software for MS Windows
and Unix systems.
- SAS Institute
- Scientific Computing Associates Corporation
(SCA) offers products for forecasting and time series
analysis, general statistical analysis, quality and
productivity improvement, and more.
- SmallWaters Corporation
offers Amos for Windows, which allows structural equation
modeling (SEM), also called analysis of covariance structures,
or causal modeling.
- SPSS Inc.
- Stata Corporation
- Statistical Solutions
offers nQuery Advisor for planning research studies, the NCSS
general statistical system, and BMDP New System.
- StatSoft Inc
- Statware, Inc.
offers Statit, a general data analysis system incorporating
quality control and statistics, which runs under Windows
95/Windows NT and a variety of Unix systems.
offers software for the statistical analysis of correlated
- ViSta - The Visual Statistics System
is a free statistics system by Forrest Young available for
Windows 32-bit systems, the Mac, and Unix.
- Wolfram Research
offers Mathematica, a general system for numerical and
symbolic computation for a variety of platforms.
Tutorials and Online Textbooks
University Statistics Departments
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