Does anyone know where the med.1000 dataset used in the Introduction to Statistical Thought book (by Lavine, PDF) comes from?

I just can't seem to find it with Google!

It contains measurements of ocean temperature at a depth of 1000 meters in the North Atlantic near 45 degrees North latitude and 20 degrees West longitude.

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I think if you contact the author, you should get the R package, since all the other datasets are clearly cited.

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That being said, my best guess is that the author is using something the ocedata (PDF) package from R.

That, or the datasets package that he is otherwise using had this dataset at the time of publication, and has since been taken out. Unlikely, and here is the wayback machine results for the datasets package.


Following @philshem's advice I emailed the author who kindly sent me a csv called oceantemps.csv. I get identical looking plots to those in the book using the code from the book with a only minor edits -

med.1000 to whatever you import the csv as, and long, lat and temp are written in full as the column headings.

After receiving the csv file I also found the website with the datasets for the book that had somehow eluded me: http://people.math.umass.edu/~lavine/Book/data


Here it is. Look for "Download Data -> ocean_temps"


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