R. Webster West

Associate Director of Online Learning
Department of Statistics
Texas A&M University
3143 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3143
Office Phone: (979) 845-3141
Fax: (979) 845-3144
E-mail: west@stat.tamu.edu

Shortly after completing his PhD in Statistics at Rice University in 1994, Webster West began developing Internet resources for statistical education. In the mid 1990s, he started to construct interactive web-based java applets that help students understand difficult statistical concepts. To date, he has developed more than 50 such applets many of which now accompany introductory statistics textbooks. In the same vein, he began to develop a complete online data analysis package in 1997. With support from the National Science Foundation, his StatCrunch package has now blossomed into one of the most used statistical resources on the Web. In 2005, he received the Causeweb Resource of the Year Award and the Merlot Classics Award for the StatCrunch project. He has also written the DoStat course management system which is used as a platform to offer distance courses at Texas A&M. Outside of software development, Dr. West has numerous research interests most of which (not surprisingly) involve a fair amount of statistical computing. He has published extensively in the fields of changepoint analysis and toxicological risk assessment.

A devoted father, Dr. West enjoys spending time with his family, especially his two young daughters (ages 4 and 6 months). He serves as a jungle gym, fashion expert and source of laughter. When he is not playing these roles, he likes to travel, watch movies and stay current on trends in consumer electronics. He is probably in line for an iPad as you read this. Update: He now has the iPad!.

A few links:

  • Vitae (in pdf format) - employment history, papers, students, etc..
  • StatCrunch - Statistical software for the Web
  • A few applets
  • A few more applets
  • Even more applets
  • Interactive Java Tools For Exploring High Dimensional Data
  • A few pictures

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