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Arkansas Author: Giovanni Petris

By: 15 December 2010 One Comment

Name: Giovanni Petris

Location: Fayetteville

Occupation: Professor at the University of Arkansas

Title of Book: Dynamic Linear Models with R

Publisher: Springer

Target audience: People who are interested in analyzing and forecasting historical data. The book has sold in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Tell us about your book, what’s it about?

The book is about understanding and forecasting historical data such as, for example, stock prices, unemployment rate, sales, temperatures and many more. Although different in nature, those kind of data can be explained using a common approach. The R in the title is an incredibly powerful open source software, initially developed in academia, that is increasingly popular with quantitative oriented people in industry. In the book I explain in full detail how to use R to analyze and forecast historical data.

Where is the book available to purchase?

It can be ordered at all major bookstores, including Barnes and Noble and Borders. In addition, it can be purchased on line at, or through the publisher’s web site.

What inspires you to write?

I like to share the excitement that I feel when I learn or discover something new. I do this in the classroom every day and I am thrilled when I see that my words open somebody’s mind to a new idea. Writing is a way of reaching more people.

Any other thoughts or information you want to share?

My family and I moved to Fayetteville ten years ago and we all love this area!

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