July 30, 2015

New textbook: Practical Time Series Forecasting with R

Last year I co-taught the Forecasting Analytics course at the Indian School of Business together with Casey Lichtendahl from Darden School of Business. The co-teaching inspired us to collaborate on "converting" my Practical Time Series Forecasting textbook, which is based on XLMiner software, to an edition that uses R. Since several colleagues have requested such an edition, and motivated by our colleague Rob Hyndman - the guru of forecasting and creator of R forecast package - we embarked on the journey. Our new textbook is now available on Amazon (softcover and Kindle).

Practical Time Series Forecasting with R: A Hands-On Guide joins the Practical Analytics series of textbooks. It covers the same material as the latest XLMiner edition, and is suitable for beginners in R. Instructors seeking an evaluation copy, please fill the online form.

July 12, 2015

Keynote talk at TSWIM 2015: Predictive Analytics in Information Systems Research

I'll be presenting a keynote talk tomorrow, Monday 12/7/2015, on To Explain or To Predict? Predictive Analytics in Information Systems Research at the upcoming 2015 Taiwan Summer Workshop on Information Management at NTU. I will also participate in the closing panel on "Big Data and IS Research". See the full program (also attached below.)

June 10, 2015

Awarded permanent residency in Taiwan!

Yesterday was a moving day for me: I was awarded permanent residency in Taiwan, receiving the Plum Blossom Card (for senior professionals). It was especially moving because the director of Hsinchu immigration, along with a delegate of immigration officers and a TV reporter visited me at my NTHU office to award me the card in person. I was extremely touched and amazed. I learned of the intended visit only in the morning, and serendipitously my family was able to join the occasion.

The appreciation for professors and professionals in Taiwan is outstanding, as reflected by attitudes of many Taiwanese who asked me what I do. That the immigration authorities should also recognize the importance of attracting and retaining foreign researchers and professors is truly exceptional and forward-looking. This is my first such experience across the multiple countries I've lived in.

June 5, 2015

PLS and Prediction: two upcoming talks

Partial Least Squares Path Modeling (PLS-PM) is a popular statistical modeling tool in information systems, marketing and other social science disciplines. Researchers using PLS-PM have typically focused on explanatory modeling. I will be discussing PLS from a predictive point of view at two upcoming conferences this month:

1. At the 2015 PLS Conference in Seville, I'll talk about “Distinguishing Between Prediction and Explanation in PLS” in the panel The Future of PLS (June 18, 2015).

2. At 2015 SCECR ("Statistical Challenges in eCommerce Research") in Addis Ababa, I'll present our work (with Pratyush Sharma and Marko Sarstedt) on "Predictive Model Selection in PLS" (June 25, 2015).

April 14, 2015

Seminar talk at NTHU's Institute of Statistics (joint with NCTU)

On Friday, April 17, I'll be presenting a talk on "To Explain or To Predict?" at National Tsing Hua University's Institute of Statistics. This is a joint seminar with National Chiao Tung University's Institute of Statistics.

Time: 10:40am
Location: General Building III, Room 837, Institute of Statistics, NTHU
More information and abstract