Dr P.M.E. Altham

Statistical Laboratory

University of Cambridge

Centre for Mathematical Sciences,
Wilberforce Road,
Cambridge CB3 0WB,
UK

**Tel:** +44 1223 337954

**Fax:** +44 1223 337956

**Email:**
P.M.E.Altham@statslab.cam.ac.uk

From March 2, 2007, this website has been included in Intute

Until I retired at the end of September, 2005, I was the Director of Studies for
the MPhil in Statistical Science.

My current interests are principally categorical data, statistical consulting and the use of R.

** Some of the computer languages I have had to try to learn since graduating in 1964:
Cambridge autocode, algol, phoenix, machine-code, Fortran, BBC-Basic, GLIM, GENSTAT, Linux,
S-Plus and finally (probably the best so far!) R. I am lucky enough to
have had many generations of excellent students to help me with this
continuous learning.
**

** Recently I have paid particular attention to revising my R computing worksheets, to include
more graphs and to improve the presentation. I have also expanded my undergraduate lecture notes for the
Introduction to Generalized Linear Modelling course.
**

**Teaching: these notes etc are NOT TO BE QUOTED WITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, please.
**

- Introduction to Generalized Linear Modelling: Notes, retyped and expanded, pdf
- Generalized Linear Modelling: Examples sheets 1,2,3 and solutions, pdf
- Statistical Modelling: Supplementary Notes, pdf
- Extra problems on Statistical Modelling
- PartIIA questions and solutions for 1997 onwards,pdf
- datasets for R worksheets
- Example Sheet 4, pdf

You can access R via R (This is a mirror site, courtesy of Bristol University.) - Very brief introduction to Statistical Modelling in R (pdf)
- Introduction to Statistical Modelling in R

Mathematical Tripos Part II: Statistical Modelling (a 3rd-year undergraduate course)

MPhil/Part III: Applied Statistics, and Applied Multivariate Analysis (graduate courses)

Useful links include, firstly your FREE access to R
via R
(This is a mirror site, courtesy of Bristol University.)

For a very clear and full account of linear modelling, using R, see
`Practical Regression and Anova in R' by Julian Faraway (2002)

Excellent online introductions to R are

Knowledge of R is very important in computational biology and bioinformatics: see
the Bioconductor project.

Other useful links are

- publications(pdf)
- publications(ps)
- my first published paper (1969, via JSTOR)
- Improving the precision of estimation by fitting a Generalized Linear Model, and Quasi-likelihood
- An aspect of discrete data analysis: fitting a beta-binomial distribution to the hospitals data

Memories of teaching a singular student: Victor Rothschild

Reminiscences about the Diploma in Mathematical Statistics: RIP

My brother is the TV Producer/Director Nick Gray. Read about Nick's new book `Escape from Tibet', available from March 29, 2012.

Here is a beautiful picture taken by Nick at Chatsworth, in February 2007.

My sister is the Canadian author, Charlotte Gray. Charlotte's latest book is "The Massey Murder: A maid, her master and the trial that shocked a century'

Pegasus Choir, conductor Matthew Altham

World War I letters from my great-uncles Ted and Harry Colver, both killed in action in 1915.(pdf)

Ashdell School, Sheffield, 1949 or 1950

Ashdell School, Sheffield, 1951

The Great Sheffield Flood of March 11, 1864

Family Piety, Joseph Gray and Son

More Family Piety, Jonas and Colver

Even More Family Piety, Alfred Beckett and Sons

The tomb of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in the English cemetery in Florence. Photo kindly supplied by Prof Giovanni Marchetti of the University of Florence, author of the R package ggm.

St Bride's Bay at sunset, May 2010.

St Bride's Castle through the trees, May 2010.

Wild Garlic, St Bride's Castle, May 2010.

Entering the lock to the river Volga. Statue of Mother Volga. From MS Volga Dream, June 2013.