Monthly Archives: March 2010

Getting the basics from readAligned

March 9, 2010
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The UCR guide is a little sparse with regard to getting basic information from readAligned.I'd like to add to the general cookbook. If some bioc people out there can contribute some alignment recipes can fill me in on some more basics please comment:alignedReads #how many reads did I attempt to align#i don't think you can't get this from...

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Cluster analysis of what the world eats

March 9, 2010
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Cluster analysis of what the world eats

Keeping with the theme of the post below, I used a clustering algorithm to group the different countries according to what they eat. I simply played around with the number of clusters until I got something I thought resembled reality, so don't interpre...

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Cluster analysis of what the world eats

March 9, 2010
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Cluster analysis of what the world eats

Keeping with the theme of the post below, I used a clustering algorithm to group the different countries according to what they eat. I simply played around with the number of clusters until I got something I thought resembled reality, so don't interpre...

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Open Source is Opening Data to Predictive Analytics

March 9, 2010
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This article by REvolution Computing CEO Norman Nie is crossposted from the Future of Open Source Forum. The R Project: despite there being over 2 million users of this open-source language for statistical data analysis, you might not have heard of it ... yet. You might have seen this feature in the New York Times last year, and you...

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Chinese versus Japanese editions

March 8, 2010
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Chinese versus Japanese editions

Last week, I got news from Springer Verlag about possibly two new editions of my books, one in Chinese and one in Japanese. These were bad news and good news: the bad news was that the Chinese edition was actually a reprint of our original book,  Monte Carlo Statistical Method, by a Chinese publishing company.

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White House taps Edward Tufte to explain the stimulus

March 8, 2010
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White House taps Edward Tufte to explain the stimulus

Edward Tufte, a pioneer of effective data visualization (and a personal hero) has just been appointed by the White House to the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel. This panel advises The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, whose job is to track and explain $787 billion in recovery stimulus funds. Tufte explains: I'm doing this because I like accountability and transparency,...

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Weird dietary habits in the US

March 8, 2010
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Weird dietary habits in the US

Using this database of food consumption data the blog Canibais e Reis kindly put together, I calculated all values for which the US was at least 2 standard deviations from the world average. Here are the outliers in standard deviations from the w...

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Weird dietary habits in the US

March 8, 2010
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Weird dietary habits in the US

Using this database of food consumption data the blog Canibais e Reis kindly put together, I calculated all values for which the US was at least 2 standard deviations from the world average. Here are the outliers in standard deviations from the w...

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Chilean earthquake: impact of the tsunami

March 8, 2010
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Chilean earthquake: impact of the tsunami

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a page with some interesting information about last week's earthquake in Chile, but what really stood out for me was this chart of the predicted wave heights around the globe resulting from the associated tsunami: Click to enlarge: it's a fascinating chart. Although labelled a forecast, from the explanations on the...

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Example 7.26: probability question

March 8, 2010
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Example 7.26: probability question

Here's a surprising problem, from the xkcd blog.Suppose I choose two (different) real numbers, by any process I choose. Then I select one at random (p= .5) to show Nick. Nick must guess whether the other is smaller or larger. Being right 50% of the ...

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