Department of Statistics, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland,
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 extn 83946 Fax:
+64 9 373 7018
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics of the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Previously I worked in CREEM, part of the Statistics
Division of the School of
Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews in Scotland.
Research and CV:
Publications and links to full texts: here
Research software and web pages:
- Here is a paper, a talk, and a classroom activity about Benford's Law.
These links have not been updated for years, but some of them still work.
Maths and Statistics Links:
Internet Maths and Statistics Resource
Links to statistics departments:
Statistical Science Web:
lots of useful stuff, including a catalogue of catalogues, and
link to Oz and NZ jobs
site. General jobs in Statistics can be found at
from StatSoft: complete on-line statistics textbook with clear descriptions
of many statistical areas, and including a glossary. Well worth a visit.
no more excuses for writing equations that don't rhyme or scan!
great stock of mathematical theorems, formulae and facts, classified by
subject area (Algebra, Calculus, Probability and Statistics, etc).
Go to Mathematical Functions
to track down that elusive elliptic integral or Hermite polynomial,
and to the Wolfram Demonstrations
Project to see some models in action.
- Statistics New Zealand:
NZ census, population, demographics etc, including a special
Datalab. Life tables also available at
UK national statistics.
Population, health, economy, favourite names and all the rest of it.
Software and Data:
R: not unlike S,
Data and Story Library (DASL):
excellent data bank of data sets and stories
for teaching statistics, with search-by-topic and
OzData: further useful data sets for teaching statistics, with a mild
Numerical Recipes Home Page: free online
access to the Numerical Recipes books which outline programming solutions
to 1200+ common problems. Also includes lists of known bugs and a variety
of other services.
vast collection of packages and documentation, including a
help system. Australian mirror site
contrib archive contains many of the best LaTeX packages
Tutorial: easy tutorial for using perl, a powerful language for editing
text files. Written by Nik Silver of the University of Leeds, UK.
Herald online: Auckland's daily newspaper.
- Search NZ:
web search engine restricted to New Zealand sites.
forecasts: including short-term mountain forecasts and marine
forecasts. A breakdown by city is available from Weather Workshop
or One Weather.
For impressive snow forecasts see
which covers not just NZ but the rest of the world too. Zoom in on the
or the South
Island or the
centre. Alternatively just look at a recent picture of where
you want to go. Satellite images and weather radar are available at
Current conditions in Auckland are summarized from stations in
. More great weather-related links at
- NZ Maps: street maps of the Auckland
region, with zoom and search facilities.
- New Zealand White Pages
and New Zealand Yellow Pages: all the
and none of the paper.
click on Journey Planner for the bus routes and times that take you where you want
A truly excellent site, it even tells you how many metres you have to walk to
the bus stop or all the way. Those brave enough to cycle
in Auckland will delight in the
Auckland City Cycle Reporting System, where you can report your favourite
pothole and then watch it vanish within 14 days.
photographs of NZ: high resolution aerial photos of almost the whole country.
is where I prefer to spend my weekends.
To see a more conventional kind of map, the same site offers the
Map series. In a truly exciting development, intrepid explorers should now go
straight to NZTopoOnline,
scroll down to accept the terms and conditions, and start zooming away to get a
detailed Topo map of anywhere in New Zealand. Wins my prize for website of the
year. The Department of Conservation have a customized (and faster) version
For a great find-a-place site, try the MapTech
- Te Ara Encyclopedia:
a fantastic site giving an in-depth look at the New Zealand Bush, including
images and audio. Now is your chance to mystify your colleagues with sounds of
kokako emanating from your office.
Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand:
includes Sun rise and set times and planetary comings and goings.
rail, coach, and ferry timetables for New Zealand.
Air New Zealand
goes the same places at higher altitude. Flight
information gives today's flight arrival and departure times.
or try the more-frills Merriam
Webster dictionary for some useful usage explanations.
The WWWebster Thesaurus can be found here,
and the far more comprehensive but less readable Roget's Thesaurus is
Another nice dictionary page is
which also has a collection of links to grammar guides, foreign language
resources, and more.
dictionary comes in handy when you know diddly squat about the lingo,
acronym dictionary is indispensable for those of us who are AD
crossword puzzle solver: for seekers of inspiration.
University of Virginia
electronic text library: holds thousands of classic texts in electronic
format, from Shakespeare to Mark Twain to Lewis Carroll.
Great for searching for
or even for reading the whole book. Here
are resources in other languages. Other e-text libraries are at
Bibliomania or ReadPrint.
4Shakespeare.com to search the complete works of Shakespeare.
The Human Languages page: phrasebooks
and resources for every on-line language in the world. Ideal for brushing
up your Middle English.
are the languages you should devote most attention to.
Translation Service: translates from English to 12 other languages,
and vice versa. Be warned, the results can be eccentric!
Jargon translator: Ever wondered about those mysterious words BTW,
ROTFL, FYI, IMHO, OTOH, AFAIK, foo...? Just FWIW.
Word oddities and
trivia: a delightful collection of unusual or interesting words
that will keep you speaking in palindromes and pangrams for weeks.
Elements of style:
by William Strunk, 1918. Some useful tips for writing style.
how these web pages could be improved.
Just enter your question and some sort of intelligent response can be
expected in seconds. From "Why is the sky blue?" to
"What's the difference between a duck?",
it seems that there's somebody out there who knows the answer.
Britannica.com: excellent online
is another, from the Concise Columbia Electronic
Encyclopedia. Update (2009) : two useful links for those whose fingers don't automatically type
www.google.com as soon as they come into contact with a computer keyboard.
The Universal Currency Converter:
currency conversions for all major and most minor international currencies.
explains the nutritional content of everything from
Banana-Flavored Frosted Flakes to raw Jerusalem artichokes.
Good for those of us who like some spinach with our iron.
Then you can calculate your
Body Mass Index and find out your population percentile.
Click on through to the
Ideal Weight Calculator
where, engagingly, you can discover your "People's Choice" ideal weight: the
weight to which others of your body size, shape, and age aspire.
UK National Rail Journey Planner:
how to escape from anywhere in the UK.
World map viewer: for
those whose aspirations extend beyond the British transport network.
Displays 15 different map projections centred on your choice of country.
between world airports: for totting up the air-miles or working out how far that
new broomstick will take you.
Knomad: an excellent site providing health
details for international travellers. Find out what you need in the
way of vaccinations, medications, and precautions, for wherever you plan to go,
and for the particular activities you intend to do. It's not free but it's worth
World Factbook: a truly fantastic site with maps,
geography, flags, and much more for every country you can think of.
No map of Mars just yet. Pay a virtual visit to
Zealand or the
Then zoom in with
Map of the USA: clear
depiction of all US states, with links, time zones and current time.
World time zones:
gives current time and standard time around the world. For a quick look
at the US zones and times only, try the
US Navy clock.
Meanings of names:
now you can find out how to call your child Waterfall Pool, and translate
such beauties as Gavivi Jesimae. A more thoughtful site is
Think! Baby Names
with intriguing statistics
showing that A and C are by far the most common initial letters.
Alternatively just follow the crowds
here and pick one of the top 100 US names of 2004.
(Notice that almost 40% of them begin with A or C!)
Think! Baby Names has
an impressive display of
popular names and trend graphs in different countries:
remains popular everywhere except where I was born.
To see your chosen name in semaphore, try
it using American Sign Language.
Cure for hiccups: works for me!
Netscape colour palette: no more wasted hours
sorting out the ff6633's from the cc6699's. Thanks to
Snoopy for this page.
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Last updated: 8th February 2000
All links checked: 11th February 2000