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    The Talkstats Bookclub

    Hi Guys,

    What would you guys think of a talkstats bookclub?

    The idea behind it would be this, we select a book, then every two weeks we review a chapter of that book here in the forum. We say what we like, what we dont, what we learned, we discuss things we are unsure about, answer each others questions and generally learn new things. Everyone who joins in on a book, is then expected to join in on the discussion (once every two weeks) and read the chapter.

    My first two selections would be:
    A) The R Book by Crawley (advanced chapters, does everyone have the PDF?)
    B) The R inferno

    Any other suggestions are welcome.

    I will take the lead in organizing the first session & chapter, then a new member can take over.

    I would like to know what you guys think.

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    Re: The Talkstats Bookclub

    I'd be up for it. I don't have the R Book though so I probably wouldn't participate there - unless I could find it cheap (very cheap).

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    Re: The Talkstats Bookclub

    I just bought it (and am trying to learn a lot more about R) so I would be interested. The book is BIG though so I think selecting a subset of chapters to go through would be best.

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    Re: The Talkstats Bookclub

    I'm in. My university has the R Book available in electronic format.

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    Re: The Talkstats Bookclub

    Update:

    4 votes for the R-book
    0 votes for the R inferno

    Looks like it will be the R-Book. We can discuss what chapters later.
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    Re: The Talkstats Bookclub

    Good idea. I have the book. Where do we put this? Statisticspedia or here or in a group?
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    Re: The Talkstats Bookclub

    Quote Originally Posted by vinux View Post
    Good idea. I have the book. Where do we put this? Statisticspedia or here or in a group?
    Discussions can be best held on the forum. However as session started I feel I will make a 500 word summary of our discussion and add it Statisticpedia.
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    Re: The Talkstats Bookclub

    I'd be down if I can get a copy for free or very cheap.

    To make it even more motivating and formal, why not set a time when we can meet online and chat? Then, I'd have even more reason not to put it off.

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    How do you suggest we meet and chat? Skype? IRC?
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    Re: The Talkstats Bookclub

    Quote Originally Posted by TheEcologist View Post
    How do you suggest we meet and chat? Skype? IRC?
    Any of the above. As long as we can decide on a means and just have an open discussion. I'm personally more familiar with skype.

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    Re: The Talkstats Bookclub

    i am more familiar with skype as well

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    Re: The Talkstats Bookclub

    Quote Originally Posted by TheEcologist View Post
    A) The R Book by Crawley (advanced chapters, does everyone have the PDF?)
    Whoa ... there's a pdf?! WTF am I doing carrying this book around?? lol

    I totally like this idea. What chapters did you have in mind for The R Book? Depending on the aim we're taking, I think The R Inferno would be a better start, if our goal is to truly understand the inner workings of the R language; that book is amazing and insightful! Crawley's book would probably be better if our interest lies in learning more about using R for analysis, though.

    Oh, and for another R book suggestion, for those interested in more numerical methods: Introduction to Scientific Programming and Simulation with R.
    Last edited by bryangoodrich; 06-23-2011 at 02:00 PM. Reason: A suggestion

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    Re: The Talkstats Bookclub

    You can put me down for the R book since I currently have it checked out for the next few weeks. I hate my UCD resources (used to be an econ grad there, and they never discontinued my resources! lol), since they are hard to manage. I don't know if I can get access to the pdf version. If anyone wants to not send it to me, PM me

    I've never used skype, but I'm sure I can pick it up. The problem with a specific meeting time is that we all have to be available for that meeting time when some of us may be on the other side of the world! We should start discussing if there is an appropriate time for a meeting. That is one of the benefits of the forum: we can communicate over time. Btw, skype is still free, right??

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    Re: The Talkstats Bookclub

    Quote Originally Posted by bryangoodrich View Post
    Btw, skype is still free, right??
    I think the plan is and always has been for skype to be free in terms of internet to internet based calls. If you want to make an actual phone call with skype then you have to pay a little bit.

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    Re: The Talkstats Bookclub

    I also believe that the different time zones would /could pose a problem especially for skype. Using the forum would make that less of a problem.

    If we use the forum the rules will be, you have up to a specified date (14 days after the start date) to read and discuss a chapter. After that date, we will move on to the next chapter and the thread will be closed - so you have to be on time to contribute, and discuss or get any answers to questions you have.

    TS Book club thread should start with the tag [TSBC] specifying TalkStats Book Club and then the book title and chapter.. e.g. [TSBC] The R-Book, chapter X, regressions.

    Oke time to select the chapters:

    Code: 
    Getting Started
    Essentials of the R Language
    Data Input
    Dataframes
    Graphics
    Tables
    Mathematics
    Classical Tests
    Statistical Modelling
    Regression
    Analysis of Variance
    Analysis of Covariance
    Generalized Linear Models
    Count Data
    Count Data in Tables
    Proportion Data
    Binary Response Variables
    Generalized Additive Models
    Mixed-Effects Models
    Non-linear Regression
    Tree Models
    Time Series Analysis
    Multivariate Statistics
    Spatial Statistics
    Survival Analysis
    Simulation Models
    Changing the Look of Graphics
    As this is not going to be a beginners course I suggest we skip everything up to Statistical Modelling, and make a choice from there. I would be interested in GAMs & ME-models. Although i think we should start with a simple chapter as regression or GLMs so the threshold is not too high. I'm likely to learn from any chapter we try.
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