New short guide: “To Publish or To Self-Publish My Textbook?”

My self-publishing endeavors have led to a growing number of conversations with colleagues, friends, colleagues-of-friends and other permutations who’ve asked me to share my experiences. Finally, I decided to write down a short guide, which is now available as a Kindle eBook. To Publish or To Self-Publish My Textbook? Notes from a Published and Self-Published Author gives a glimpse into the expectations, challenges, rewards, and surprises that an author experiences when publishing and/or self-publishing a textbook. This is not a guide on self-publishing, but rather notes about the process of publishing a textbook with a big publisher vs. self-publishing and what to … Continue reading New short guide: “To Publish or To Self-Publish My Textbook?”

Analytics magazines: Please lead the way for effective data presentation

Professional “analytics” associations such INFORMS, the American Statistical Association, and the Royal Statistical Society, have been launching new magazines intended for broader, non-academic audiences that are involved or interested in data analytics. Several of these magazines are aesthetically beautiful with plenty of interesting articles about applications of data analysis and their impact on daily life, society, and more. Significance magazine and Analytics magazine are two examples. The next step is for these magazines to implement what we preach regarding data presentation: use effective visualizations. In particular, the online versions can include interactive dashboards! If the New York Times and Washington Post can … Continue reading Analytics magazines: Please lead the way for effective data presentation