Author Archives: Tim Hesterberg

About Tim Hesterberg

Tim Hesterberg ( is a statistician at Google and author of the R resample package.

What teachers should know about the Bootstrap: Resampling in the undergraduate statistics curriculum

Tim Hesterberg – Google


Here are some arguments for why we should not use bootstrap methods and permutation tests in teaching Stat 101:

  • Our usual cookbooks of formulas is such a resounding success, inspiring generations of students to further study (and rewarding their instructors with stellar reviews),

[pullquote]Bootstrapping and permutation tests make hard abstract concepts like sampling distributions, p-values, standard errors, and confidence intervals more concrete;[/pullquote] Continue reading