Contact and FAQ

Want to get in touch with Josh? Here’s the best way to do it. I promise that I read every message, but I can’t promise to respond to them.

However, before you write, please read the FAQ (below) and see if your question might already have an answer.

  • Can you recommend a good book for learning statistics?
    • I wish I could – it would make everything better – but I don’t know of one.
  • Can you recommend a good book about machine learning?
    • Yes!!! A lot of my work is based on An Introduction to Statistical Learning in R by James, Hastie, Witten and Tibshirani. This is a free download. The book itself is not the easiest thing to read, but a lot of my videos focus on the exact same topics. So you can read the book and watch the videos and together you might get a deeper understanding of what’s going on.
  • Can I work for you?
    • Not at this time.
  • Can you do a StatQuest on ______?
    • Maybe. I get about 2 or 3 requests every day, but can only create, at most, 2 videos a month. This means my “to-do” list is huge and growing at an alarming rate; much faster than it is shrinking. Priority goes to subjects that a lot of people ask for. If you send me a request, know that I will read it and assign priority based on it, but I probably won’t write back.
  • Can you send me a StatQuest as a PDF?
    • Yes! You can purchase StatQuest Study Guides. These contain all the essential bits from the videos, but condensed into a few pages that are easy to review before exams and job interviews.
  • How do I cite StatQuest?
    • You can cite StatQuest the same way you would cite any other website or YouTube video. Here is an example:
    • StatQuest. “R-squared explained” YouTube, Joshua Starmer, 3 Feb. 2015, https://youtu.be/2AQKmw14mHM.
  • Can you answer my question about ______ ?
    • When people have questions about something, I generally prefer that they post the question as a comment on a StatQuest Video. That way, when I answer, everyone can benefit from it.
    • If you have a question about something not covered in a StatQuest, feel free to send it to me. I may answer, but don’t be offended if I do not.
  • I’m writing an article about statistics/machine learning, can I use screen shots from your videos?
    • To be honest, I would rather you not use screen shots. Instead, I would rather you post the video. One reason for this is that if you use screen shots, then you will, most likely, also have to follow my examples. My examples are fine, but I rarely, if ever, discuss examples from the world of finance, or engineering, or library science or whatever your specialty field is. By not using screenshots, you’ll have an opportunity to create a new example that the world has never seen before and will help people in new ways that my video can not. So please think of your presentation as an opportunity to bring something new and useful into the world.