Software I worked on makes the NY Times

Years ago I worked for Ross Ihaka at on the R project, a free software statistics environment that has become pretty popular (if you visit the website you can see my name in the contributors list – though my contributions were not exactly central to the project!). R has now featured in a New York Times article entitled R, the Software, Finds Fans in Data Analysts. There are some great quotes:

“R is really important to the point that it’s hard to overvalue it,” said Daryl Pregibon, a research scientist at Google, which uses the software widely. “It allows statisticians to do very intricate and complicated analyses without knowing the blood and guts of computing systems.”

It’s nice to see a great piece of free software recognised like this, and kind of cool for me to have something I worked on getting that kind of publicity. I’ve asked someone in NY to send me a copy of the print edition from that day, so hopefully I’ll have a memento to keep.

Christmas 2008

Joshua with the wrapping paperWe spent Christmas staying in a cottage in Cornwall, as Mim’s grandparents and Aunty & Uncle live down there. Mim’s parents and sister joined us from Cirencester. Joshua’s still a bit young to appreciate actual Christmas presents, though he was fascinated by the bubbles produced by the bubble gun Ruth (Mim’s sister) gave him. He absolutely loved the wrapping paper though, and was immensely happy to sit in the middle of a big pile of paper rustling through it all.

Joshua Dec 2008

Christmas JoshuaA few more Joshua photos.

Rome and Sardinia Sep 2008

ColosseumFor our summer holiday (actually in late September) we spent a week in Rome, followed by a week in Sardinia.

Alan & Adeline’s leaving picnic

Alan and SophiePhotos from the picnic held for Alan and Adeline’s when they left the Mission.

Joshua, family & friends Aug-Nov 2008

Joshua smilingVarious photos from the last few months.

Family July 2008

Joshua smilingWe had Mum and Dad over from NZ during July, and went to visit Mim’s grandparents. There are also a couple of photos of Joshua’s stay in hospital.


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