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 mainframes.

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 years.

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.
- Netlib 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 teaching.
- 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."

- Classification related meetings by Stephen Hirtle offers descriptions of upcoming meetings.
- Conferences and meetings by Patrick Groenen offers a list related to classification and ordination.
- StatLib---Meetings offers calendars and programs for meetings of interest to statisticians.
- Statistics and Mathematics Conferences provided by the University of Wisconsin statistics department.
- Statistics Conferences and Sites as gathered by the University of Heidelberg.

History of Mathematics and Statistics

- History of Mathematics Home Page
- Treasure Trove of Mathematics by Eric Weisstein offers a mini-encyclopedia of topics about mathematics.

- Advances in Applied Probability is an official journal of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.
- 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
- InterStat
- 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.

- American Mathematical Society
- American Society for Quality Control
- American Statistical Association
- Association for Computing Machinery
- Classification Society of North America
- IEEE Computer Society
- IEEE Computational Science & Engineering
- Institute of Mathematical Statistics seeks to foster the development and dissemination of the theory and applications of statistics and probability.
- International Association for Statistical Computing is a section of the International Statistical Institute dedicated to fostering world-wide interest in effective statistical computing and the exchange of technical knowledge.
- International Federation of Classification Societies , founded in 1985, is a "non-profit, non-political scientific organization, whose aims are to further classification research."
- International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA)
- Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
- Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

- Multilevel Models Project at the Institute of Education, University of London offers software, working papers and an introduction to multilevel models.
- Statistics Research at AT&T Labs offers information on the history, staff, and projects of the statistics groups at AT&T.
- Statistics Research at Bell Labs. offers a history of statistics research at Bell Labs as well as information on ongoing projects.

- Abacus Concepts, Inc. produces StatView.
- 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 statistical applications.
- Arc Software is a free menu-driven statistical analysis tool for regression problems based upon Xlisp-Stat.
- AssiStat 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 capabilities.
- 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 health.
- Epi Info Manuals are available from from Brixton Books.
- Fiasco 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 software.
- 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.
- Lisp-Stat is an object-oriented environment for statistical computing and dynamic graphics written by Luke Tierney at the University of Minnesota.
- Lumina Decision Systems, Inc. offers Analytica, a Macintosh-based system for business decision modeling and support.
- MathSoft 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.
- MathWorks 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.
- MathType is an intelligent mathematical equation editor.
- Minitab 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.
- Ox 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 Aptech Systems.
- S-PLUS 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 offers Stata.
- Statistical Solutions offers nQuery Advisor for planning research studies, the NCSS general statistical system, and BMDP New System.
- StatSoft Inc offers Statistica.
- 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.
- SUDAAN offers software for the statistical analysis of correlated data.
- 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

- UCLA Statistics Textbook offers a hypertext version of a textbook edited by Jan de Leeuw.

University Statistics Departments

- Statlib listings of university departments and organizations
- Statistics Department at Northwestern University

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