Mailing lists are a specialized form of e-mail distribution, with users "subscribing" and then receiving all messages posted by the other members.  This is an extremely efficient method for interested users to disseminate information, examine topics and even engage in heated debate.  It reaches only interested readers on the subscription list and "outsiders" can not submit messages (reducing the threat of spam and other unwanted messages).  While many find mailing list commands confusing, we have a short introduction that should address most questions of how to join and participate.  Each mailing list in this collection has links to allow you to subscribe/unsubscribe and also send a message.


There are several resource websites for mailing lists that might be of interest to statisticians.  These resource websites provide the most current and comprehensive listing of mailing lists addressing statistical issues of all types, whether it be specific problems, more conceptual issues or even issue related to specific software. 


An Introduction to Mailing Lists

Using a mailing list as easy as sending and reading e-mail, but it does require that you remember to separate your messages to the mailing list from the requests to the list administrator.

    Messages are e-mails that are distributed to all members/subscribers of the mailing list. The messages are just like a regular e-mail, and you are strongly encouraged to always provide a descriptive title.  Almost anything sent to the mailing list address will be automatically distributed to all members/subscribers -- so "think before your send." All messages intended to be sent to the mailing list members/subscribers are sent to the following address:

    For example, sending a message to MVSTAT-L, the mailing list for this website,is sending the message to:

    Then provide a descriptive subject heading and put your message in the body of the text, just like a regular e-mail message.

    Requests are used to join a mailing list, stop your subscription or change subscription features (such as how you receive messages, temporarily stopping mail while on vacation, etc.).  It is important to remember that anytime you want to make a request, your send it to the list administrator at the address below.  All requests are sent in the body of the e-mail message and the subject field can even be left blank. But if you send your request to the address above by mistake, the list thinks it is a message instead and everyone in the mailing list will see it.  Therefore, be sure to send all requests to the list administrator address:
    This is accomplished by sending the message to the mailing list site at the host site, such as:


    To contact the list administrator for MSTAT-L, the command is:

    Sending the Request to Join or Leave

    Before you can receive any messages from a mailing list, you must become a member/subscriber by sending a request to the list administrator (see section above).  In the body of the message, only put the following line of text:
      SUBSCRIBE maillist_name first-name last-name
    You will generally receive a confirmation notice of your subscription as well as a short description of the relevant commands that can be used in requests.  Be sure to keep this notice, as it also documents how to remove your name from the mailing list.
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 General Resource Websites

An automated subscription service to almost forty statistical lists. All that is needed is to select the mailing list and submit your e-mail address.


Searching MAILBASE


MAILBASE, UK's major mailing list service, provides for searching all MAILBASE lists based on keyword definition.  It does not search other mailing lists.


    National Academic Mailing List Service providing catalog of UK-based mailing lists dealing with a wide range of statistical topics.


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Multivariate Data Analysis  6/E
Hair, Black, Babin, Anderson and Tatham