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Jan's Publications

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I decided to replace my current bibliography by a BibTeX database and to replace the staggering amount of papers and reports accumulated over almost 50 years by pdf files. For easy WWW access the BibTeX was converted to html, using the bibtex2html program.

One of the reasons I am doing this is to create open access to everything I have written (that is not lost). Clearly if everyone would do this, then there would be a complete record of all scientific writing, although one would have to do much more to make the materials easy to find and access. Of course it is much easier now to keep track than it was before computers, because everything one now writes already exists in electronic form and can be easily converted to pdf. There are probably other reasons why this repository exists. I am about to retire, and I want to organize my contributions over the years in a nice format.

There are currently 711 entries in the bibliography, and for 644 of them (i.e. 90.6%) there are pdf files. The entries which do not have pdfs are either lost or not yet scanned. I'll try to recover what is (currently) lost. Many of the entries are internal reports, and many others are even more internal and unpublished. The unpublished notes in the miscellaneous section are often incomplete, but they are included if they could possibly be of some interest. I have always been reluctant to finish my papers, because it seemed more fun to start with a new idea instead of going to the lengthy and boring process of polishing up an old one. Of course it is a luxury to indulge in what Forrest Young described, in the preface of his Vista book, as ".. the carelessness with which he let these sparks darken and grow cold." If you follow the bibliography through the years you will also see the effects of aging: fewer and fewer entries per year, and fewer and fewer that get finished.

Especially the older reports had to be scanned. Throughout the repository you can trace some interesting technology developments. The first unpublished (i.e. non-typeset) papers date back to 20 years before personal computers. I typed them myself, first on an old typewriter using hand-written symbols, then, starting around 1975, on an IBM Selectric with a symbol golfball. The quality of the old scans is pretty atrocious, because the stencil and mimeograph machines were primitive and because my typing skills did not include leaving room for right and bottom margins. Around 1975 professional typists took over my burden for maybe five years. They were replaced by scribe and roff on the PDP-11. In 1985 the Macintosh, with MacWrite, came to Leiden, soon followed by the LaserWriter. I searched for the optimal word processor until 1993, when LaTeX finally took over, and we started using the World Wide Web. Initially, of course, our on-line documents were PostScript, but around 2000 we arrived at PdfTeX, which is still the current standard.

Various titles are included more than once in this bibliography, as internal reports as well as published articles or chapters. Some reports appear more than once because they appeared in different series published by different centers. Sometimes the contents of the various versions are different, for instance because there was time to do another update, or because of those pesky reviewers.

In the case of books I helped editing I only scanned the covers, title pages, and tables of contents. And editor's introductions and prefaces. Not the whole book.

There are many people I am grateful to, although I probably never told them at the time. I thank John van de Geer, who inspired me, hired me in 1965 when I was young, undisciplined, and wild, and provided me with an easy environment in which I could cultivate my otherness. I thank Joe Kruskal and Doug Carroll, who introduced me to the luxuries of Bell Labs in Murray Hill in 1973-1974, when I was still rather wild by AT&T engineering standards. I thank Forrest Young, who was great fun to hang out with, and who forced me to publish by embedding me in the Young-Takane-De Leeuw machine. I thank the members of the Gifi team in Leiden for a dazzling, productive, and exhausting 10-year run. And I thank Peter Bentler and Don Ylvisaker for bringing me to Los Angeles in 1987, when I was no longer young and wild, to work on my magnum opus, the UCLA Department of Statistics.

That at least some of my papers got published at all is largely due to my talented and diligent co-authors. Thank you all. I am thinking in particular of David Afshartous, Richard Berk, Bert Bettonvil, Catrien Bijleveld, Patrick Groenen, Willem Heiser, Donna Hoffman, Ita Kreft, Pieter Kroonenberg, Irina Kukuyeva, Paulette Lloyd, Patrick Mair, Adriaan Meester, Jacqueline Meulman, George Michailidis, Ab Mooijaart, Ineke Stoop, Yoshio Takane, Robert Tijssen, Stef van Buuren, Eeke van der Burg, Peter van der Heijden, Rien van der Leeden, Kees van Montfort, Bernard van Praag, Jan van Rijckevorsel, Piet Vroon, and Forrest Young.

Some of the people in these acknowledgements above are no longer with us, but I still see their faces and hear their voices when browsing our joint papers. Unlike them, I am still alive -- and of course I am grateful as well to the many people who have contributed to that satisfying and rather unexpected state of affairs.

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