Things to try after useR! – Part 1: Deep Learning with H2O

July 25, 2014
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Things to try after useR! – Part 1: Deep Learning with H2O

Annual R User Conference 2014The useR! 2014 conference was a mind-blowing experience. Hundreds of R enthusiasts and the beautiful UCLA campus, I am really glad that I had the chance to attend! The only problem is that, after a few days of non-stop R talks, I was (and still am) completely overwhelmed...

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Combining pages of JSON data with jsonlite and plyr

July 24, 2014
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Combining pages of JSON data with jsonlite and plyr

The jsonlite package is a JSON parser/generator for R which is optimized for pipelines and web APIs. It is used by...

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Announcing Shiny Server Pro 1.2

July 24, 2014
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Announcing Shiny Server Pro 1.2

RStudio is very pleased to announce the general availability of Shiny Server Pro 1.2. Download a free 45 day evaluation of Shiny Server Pro 1.2 Shiny Server Pro 1.2...

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Interactive visualization of non-linear logistic regression decision boundaries with Shiny

Interactive visualization of non-linear logistic regression decision boundaries with Shiny

(skip to the shiny app) Model building is very often an iterative process that involves multiple steps of choosing an algorithm and hyperparameters, evaluating that model / cross validation,...

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An ISO Standard for R (just kidding)

July 24, 2014
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IST/5, the British Standards’ committee responsible for programming languages in the UK, has a new(ish) committee secretary and like all people in a new role wants to see a...

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Agent Based Models and RNetLogo

July 24, 2014
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Agent Based Models and RNetLogo

by Joseph Rickert If I had to pick just one application to be the “killer app” for the digital computer I would probably choose Agent Based Modeling (ABM). Imagine...

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Six of One (Plot), Half-Dozen of the Other

July 24, 2014
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Six of One (Plot), Half-Dozen of the Other

This is a guest post by Randy Zwitch (@randyzwitch), a digital analytics and predictive modeling consultant in the Greater Philadelphia area. Randy blogs regularly about Data Science and related technologies...

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What shall we talk about at ESA?

July 24, 2014
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What shall we talk about at ESA?

ESA is just around the corner, and many of us are gearing up and trying to figure out a schedule to cover all the talks...

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Left-handed catchers

July 23, 2014
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Left-handed catchers

Benny Distefano – 1985 Donruss #166 (source: baseball-almanac.com) We are approaching the twenty-fifth anniversary of the last time a left-handed throwing catcher appeared behind the...

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Coherent population forecasting using R

July 23, 2014
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Coherent population forecasting using R

This is an example of how to use the demography package in R for stochastic population forecasting with coherent components. It is based on the papers by Hyndman and...

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magrittr: Simplifying R code with pipes

July 23, 2014
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magrittr: Simplifying R code with pipes

R is a functional language, which means that your code often contains a lot of ( parentheses ). And complex code often means nesting those parentheses together, which make...

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Mideast Graph 3: Slate Middle East Friendship

July 23, 2014
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Mideast Graph 3: Slate Middle East Friendship

Slate recently published a great info-graphic about Middle-East Relationships. It shows the relationships (Friend, Enemy, or Complicated) of 13 countries / organizations and the relationships between each pair. One...

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Making random draws from an arbitrarily defined pdf

July 23, 2014
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Making random draws from an arbitrarily defined pdf

I recently found myself in need of a function to sample randomly from an arbitrarily defined probability density function. An excellent post by Quantitations shows how to accomplish this...

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Flood fill a region of an active device in R

July 23, 2014
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Flood fill a region of an active device in R

The following is a function to "flood fill" a region on the active plotting device. Once called, the user will be asked to click on the desired target region....

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Uncovering the Preferences Shaping Consumer Data: Matrix Factorization

July 23, 2014
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Uncovering the Preferences Shaping Consumer Data: Matrix Factorization

How do you limit your search when looking for a hotel? Those trying to save money begin with price. Members of hotel reward programs focus on their brand. At other...

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New data packages

July 23, 2014
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New data packages

I’ve released four new data packages to CRAN: babynames, fueleconomy, nasaweather and nycflights13. The goal of these packages is to provide some interesting, and relatively large, datasets to demonstrate...

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Plotting the characteristic roots for ARIMA models

July 23, 2014
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Plotting the characteristic roots for ARIMA models

When modelling data with ARIMA models, it is sometimes useful to plot the inverse characteristic roots. The following functions will compute and plot the inverse roots for any fitted...

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Advanced R Profiling with pbdPAPI

July 22, 2014
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Advanced R Profiling with pbdPAPI

R has some extremely useful utilities for profiling, such as system.time(), Rprof(), the often overlooked tracemem(), and the rbenchmark package. But if you want more than just simple timings...

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Chart from R + Color from Javascript

July 22, 2014
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Another color experiment combining resources from R and Javascript.  I just wish I could do Mean Phylogenetic Distance in Javascript like rPlotter.  I enjoyed using d3.js zoom behavior to...

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Rcpp11 3.1.1

July 22, 2014
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R 3.1.1 was released a few days ago, and as part of the policy we are trying to follow for Rcpp11 releases, here is Rcpp11 3.1.1. Sorry for the...

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Announcing Packrat v0.4

July 22, 2014
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Announcing Packrat v0.4

We’re excited to announce a new release of Packrat, a tool for making R projects more isolated and reproducible by managing their package dependencies. This release brings a number...

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Intermission: A Data File For Futures Data (from Quandl)

July 22, 2014
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Intermission: A Data File For Futures Data (from Quandl)

So between variations of different strategies, for those who have yet to come across it, my IKTrading package has a … Continue reading →

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Comrades Marathon: A Race for Geriatrics?

July 22, 2014
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Comrades Marathon: A Race for Geriatrics?

It has been suggested that the average Comrades Marathon runner is gradually getting older. As an “average runner” myself, I will not deny that I am personally getting older....

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How to Choose an R-Trainer?

July 22, 2014
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How to Choose an R-Trainer?

by James Peruvankal There are plenty of options if you want to learn R and are looking for training: your college’s statistics department, massive open online courses like Coursera,...

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Rcpp11 t-shirt sightseeing

July 22, 2014
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Rcpp11 t-shirt sightseeing

While we wait for CRAN to process the release of Rcpp11 3.1.1, here are some news about the Rcpp11 t-shirt. With more than 40 attendees, the Rcpp11 tutorial was...

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Things I Forget: Push/Pull Greyed out in RStudio?!?

July 22, 2014
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Things I Forget: Push/Pull Greyed out in RStudio?!?

So, on more than one occasion I have set up a repository locally, then on GitHub and pushed to that repo from the shell. This works great, but this...

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Introducing tidyr

July 22, 2014
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Introducing tidyr

tidyr is new package that makes it easy to “tidy” your data. Tidy data is data that’s easy to work with: it’s easy to munge (with dplyr), visualise (with...

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Note to self: brew cleanup r

July 22, 2014
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Note to self: after updating R with Homebrew remember to cleanup old versions: brew cleanup r Otherwise I'm liable to get a segfault. (see also)

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EARL Conference, London, 15-17 September 2014

July 22, 2014
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EARL R Bloggers ad (1)

EARL (Effective Applications of the R Language) is a unique conference dedicated to the growing commercial usage and business applications of R. We currently have less than 100 delegate places...

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