[R] Blue Book
rvaradha at jhsph.edu
Fri May 17 17:24:41 CEST 2002
Along similar lines of this question, I'd like to ask senior statisticians
in the group to recommend their list of "must read" classics in statistics.
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From: "Jim Lindsey" <james.lindsey at luc.ac.be>
To: "John Maindonald" <john.maindonald at anu.edu.au>
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> > I feel constrained to register a protest. There are some of
> > Fisher's writings that are both highly readable and still
> > well worth reading. I'd put his "Design of Experiments" high
> > in this category. It is beautifully written, and accessible
> > to working scientists.
> > Apologies for this off-topic comment, but I could not let
> > that one pass! I am sure that on reconsideration Bill will,
> > if not recant, at least offer Fisher a posthumous apology!
> I certainly agree!! Any good statistician worth his or her salt should
> read Fisher's 3 main books at least once a year to be reminded of what
> modern statistics is all about. To push it, I would say that the Blue
> Book is for computer hackers, not statisticians.
> > John Maindonald.
> > > From owner-r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch Fri May 17 19:15:04 2002
> > > From: Bill.Venables at cmis.csiro.au
> > > David Jensen asks:
> > >
> > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > From: David Jensen [mailto:dvjens at worldnet.att.net]
> > > > Sent: Friday, May 17, 2002 3:11 PM
> > > >
> > > > I came across a very cheap of the infamous blue book - The New S
> > > > (1988). Is this book still relevant to modern S or R or am I
> > > > time?
> > > [WNV] I'd say you are not wasting your time if you are serious
> > > about learning S.
> > >
> > > It's not like R A Fisher (who nobody should read unless they have
> > > done so at least once before) but to me it is one of those books that
> > > clearer in hindsight. Little comments make more sense in the light of
> > > experience, especially the darker, more intense final chapters and
> > > appendices.
> > >
> > > It's a fundamental book for the S language.
> > >
> > > Bill Venables.
> > >
> > John Maindonald email : john.maindonald at anu.edu.au
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