My name is Nick Tierney. I recently completed my PhD in Statistics at QUT, and am now a Research Fellow in Statistics at Monash University working with Rob Hyndman and Di Cook in the NUMBAT group.
My research is currently about making better tools to explore, wrangle, and model missing data.
My research focuses on improving decision making and inference in research. To help realise this I produce software as a medium of impact. My work so far has focussed on the importance of knowing your data (
visdat ), and on creating principles and tools that make it easier to work with, explore, and model missing data (
naniar). I am also interested in I have also created an optimisation model that identifies and possibly relocates facilities to maximise their coverage on a population, (
maxcovr), and testing if commonly used diagnostics for MCMC methods are used effectively by researchers.
I love the R programming language and how it has transformed my world. I am a proud member of the rOpenSci community, a collective that works to make science open using R.
I am always up for questions about anything to do with R and stats. I did some programming in highschool in 2006-7, and then didn’t code again until 2013 - I had not programmed in R at all, and was just finishing my undergrad in psych. I was really fortunate to have some really kind people show me the ways of R and statistics, and I want to make sure I can help people in the same way.
This website exists so I can write about what I do and engage in dialogue with statisticians, programmers, and whoever else is interested.
I am a keen rock climber and enjoy being involved in the climbing community. Over the past years I have MC’d at national and state level climbing competitions, here is a photo of me MCing at the Australian national lead climbing championships in 2015 in Brisbane.
I enjoy photography, and have taken some not-terrible photos of other climbers:
I ocassionaly play guitar, I love karaoke, and am a coffee geek.
This website has moved from jekyll to blogdown, and am using a slightly tweaked version of Yihui’s awesome minimal theme, hugo-xmin.
Feel free to send me an email at nicholas