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Nick Tierney's (mostly) rstats blog

About Me

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My name is Nick Tierney. I have an bachelors and honours degree in Psychological Science, and completed my PhD in Statistics (under Kerrie Mengersen) in 2018. I work as a research software engineer, with Nick Golding on the greta R package for statistical modelling, and implementing novel statistical methods for infectious diseases like COVID19 and malaria. I work at the Telethon Kids Institute, which is based in Perth, Western Australia, but I work remotely in Launceston, Tasmania.

I am a strong advocate for free and open source software, and have written several R packages to improve data analysis. These can be seen on my software page.

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 organised the rOpenSci 2016, 2017, and 2018 ozunconf events.

I am a keen outdoors person, and hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2023, a 5 month hike from Mexico to Canada. It’s an experience that is hard to put into words, but I wrote about it, and shared photos, at

I am always up for questions about anything to do with R and stats. I was really fortunate to have some really kind people show me the ways of R and statistics, and I want to 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.

Feel free to send me an email at nicholas <dot> tierney {at} [gmail] (dot) com

Me, at the northern terminus of the PCT