Wine for Breakfast: Consumption Occasion as the Unit of Analysis

January 26, 2015
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Wine for Breakfast: Consumption Occasion as the Unit of Analysis

If the thought of a nice Chianti with that breakfast croissant is not that appealing, then I have made by point: occasion shapes consumption. Our tastes have been fashioned by culture and shared practice. Yet, we often ignore the context and run our an...

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5 new R jobs (2015-01-26)

January 26, 2015
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5 new R jobs (2015-01-26)

This is the bimonthly R Jobs post (for 2015-01-26), based on the R-bloggers’ sister website: R-users.com. If you are an employer who is looking to hire people from the R community, please visit this link...

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One of My Favorite R Oddities: dump()

January 26, 2015
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One of My Favorite R Oddities:  dump()

R is full of things that make "real programmers" (I dislike this term) turn their noses up in disgust. One of my favorites is the dump() function. It is...odd....

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stringdist 0.9: exercise all your cores

January 26, 2015
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stringdist 0.9: exercise all your cores

The latest release of the stringdist package for approximate text matching has two performance-enhancing novelties. First of all, encoding conversion got a lot faster since this is now done...

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Comparing the contribution of NBA draft picks

January 25, 2015
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Comparing the contribution of NBA draft picks

When it comes to the NBA draft, experts tend to argue about a number of things: at which position will a player be selected? what is the best draft class ever? etc…...

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RcppArmadillo 0.4.600.4.0

January 25, 2015
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Conrad put up a maintenance release 4.600.4 of Armadillo a few days ago. As in the past, we tested this with number of pre-releases and test builds...

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Tokyo-based R Meetup TokyoR #45

January 25, 2015
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Tokyo-based R Meetup TokyoR #45

Last week, I attended a Tokyo-based Statistical Software R meetup named “TokyoR #45” held on Jan 17 at VOYAGE GROUP office in Shibuya, Tokyo. Almost all presentations were given...

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Odds, odds ratio, language and intuition

January 25, 2015
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I was reading a statistics book the other day. I am at the beginning. In this section I read '(we) report results as odds ratios, which is more intuitive'....

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Building [Security] Dashboards w/R & Shiny + shinydashboard

January 24, 2015
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Building [Security] Dashboards w/R & Shiny + shinydashboard

Jay & I cover dashboards in Chapter 10 of Data-Driven Security (the book) but have barely mentioned them on the blog. That’s about to change with a new...

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A New Harry Long Strategy and A Couple of New PerfA Functions

January 24, 2015
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A New Harry Long Strategy and A Couple of New PerfA Functions

So, Harry Long came out with a new strategy on SeekingAlpha involving some usual mix of SPXL (3x leveraged SPY), … Continue reading →

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Rcpp 0.11.4

January 24, 2015
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A new release 0.11.4 of Rcpp is now on the CRAN network for GNU R, and an updated Debian package will be uploaded in due...

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RcppGSL 0.2.4

January 24, 2015
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A new version of RcppGSL is now on CRAN. This package provides an interface from R to the GNU GSL using our Rcpp package. This follows on the heels...

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RcppAnnoy 0.0.5

January 24, 2015
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A new version of RcppAnnoy is now on CRAN. RcppAnnoy wraps the small, fast, and lightweight C++ template header library Annoy written by Erik Bernhardsson for use at...

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Microsoft to acquire Revolution Analytics: Now this gets interesting…

January 23, 2015
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Microsoft to acquire Revolution Analytics: Now this gets interesting…

I'm excited about Microsoft acquiring Revolution R. Microsoft has created business friendly tools for many decades and this is a great opportunity for them to bring the power of...

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RSS feeds for statistics and related journals

January 23, 2015
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I’ve now resurrected the collection of research journals that I follow, and set it up as a shared collection in feedly. So anyone can easily subscribe to all of the...

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R Open Source and Commercial Support

January 23, 2015
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R Open Source and Commercial Support

With today's announcement that Microsoft will acquire Revolution Analytics, it is worthwhile to consider the commercial support that has existed in different forms throughout the history of this open source...

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Assertive R programming in dplyr/magrittr pipelines

Assertive R programming in dplyr/magrittr pipelines

A lot of my job–and side projects, for that matter–involve running R scripts on updates of open government data. While I’m infinitely grateful to have access to any interesting...

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Revolution Analytics joins Microsoft

January 23, 2015
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Revolution Analytics joins Microsoft

by David Smith, Chief Community Officer On behalf of the entire Revolution Analytics team I am excited to announce that Revolution Analytics is joining forces with Microsoft to bring...

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Shiny 0.11, themes, and dashboard

January 23, 2015
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Shiny 0.11, themes, and dashboard

Shiny version 0.11 is available now! Notable changes include: Shiny has migrated from Bootstrap 2 to Bootstrap 3 for its web front end. More on this below. The old...

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R Package to Download Fitbit Data

January 22, 2015
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R Package to Download Fitbit Data

Fitbit is a device that tracks your daily activity. It's basically a pedometer, but it does a little more. It has an altimeter, so it can count flight...

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A first look at Spark

January 22, 2015
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A first look at Spark

by Joseph Rickert Apache Spark, the open-source, cluster computing framework originally developed in the AMPLab at UC Berkeley and now championed by Databricks is rapidly moving from the bleeding...

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Data Wrangling Webinar and IFAR Chapter Update

January 22, 2015
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Data Wrangling Webinar and IFAR Chapter Update

A week or so ago I participated in the “Data Wrangling” webinar provided by RStudio.  I found Garret Gromelund’s descriptions of the functions in tidyr and dplyr to be fantastic....

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Sequential Monte Carlo 2015 workshop

January 22, 2015
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Sequential Monte Carlo 2015 workshop

An announcement for the SMC 2015 workshop: Sequential Monte Carlo methods (also known as particle filters) have revolutionized the on-line and off-line analysis of data in fields as diverse...

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Four Famous Laws & How You Can Visualize Them

January 22, 2015
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Four Famous Laws & How You Can Visualize Them

Famous laws, theorems, and observations are often named after the person who proposed the idea. These “eponymous laws" can be graphed. We do so in this post,...

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Easy error propagation in R

January 22, 2015
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In a previous post I demonstrated how to use R’s simple built-in symbolic engine to generate Jacobian and (pseudo)-Hessian matrices that make non-linear optimization perform much more efficiently....

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How to reliably access network resources in R

January 21, 2015
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How to reliably access network resources in R

It’s frustrating when an application unexpectedly dies due to a network timeout or unavailability of a network resource. Veterans of …Continue reading →

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Practical introduction to Shiny – workshop write-up

January 21, 2015
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Practical introduction to Shiny – workshop write-up

I recently delivered a workshop on a practical introduction to shiny, an R package that enables development, testing and deployment of interactive web applications. Delivered at the University of Sydney’s Institute...

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A beautiful story about NYC weather

January 21, 2015
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A beautiful story about NYC weather

Inspired by Tufte's classic visualization of New York City weather in 2013, Alex Bresler used the R language to update the chart for 2014: (Click the image to view...

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An Introduction to Change Points (packages: ecp and BreakoutDetection)

January 21, 2015
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An Introduction to Change Points (packages: ecp and BreakoutDetection)

A forewarning, this post is me going out on a limb, to say the least. In fact, it’s a post/project … Continue reading →

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