Monthly Archives: April 2010

R Command Line

April 16, 2010
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R Command Line

I am an R user! And I see a whole army of R users, here in defiance of tyranny. You’ve come to use R as free men… and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you use R? Use R and you may use the command line. Use SAS,

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Because it’s Friday: When infographics go bad

April 16, 2010
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Because it’s Friday: When infographics go bad

Phil Gyford laments crappy infographics swamping the good: Phil Gyford on Flickr: Infographic (used under Creative Commons license)

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R – not the epic fail we thought

April 16, 2010
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I usually like AnnMaria's witty insight. I can relate to a lot of what she is saying. After all SAS and family life are large parts of my life, too. But you can imagine the reaction she provoked in saying the following:I know that R is free and I am ac...

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Rcpp 0.7.12

April 16, 2010
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A new bug fix versions 0.7.12 of Rcpp is awaiting inclusion into CRAN and Debian. It is also available from here. This is another bug-fix version related solely to a build failure on Windows. Trying to protect paths with spaces has the side-effect of ...

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Rcpp 0.7.12

April 16, 2010
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A new bug fix versions 0.7.12 of Rcpp is awaiting inclusion into CRAN and Debian. It is also available from here. This is another bug-fix version related solely to a build failure on Windows. Trying to protect paths with spaces has the side-effect...

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An article attacking R gets responses from the R blogosphere – some reflections

April 16, 2010
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An article attacking R gets responses from the R blogosphere – some reflections

In this post I reflect on the current state of the R blogosphere, and share my hopes for the future

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The Next Big Thing: SAS and SPSS!…wait, what?

April 15, 2010
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The Next Big Thing: SAS and SPSS!…wait, what?

Thanks to the R Bloggers aggregator I came across Yihui Xie’s post on a piece currently making the rounds about statistical analysis platforms. In The Next Big Thing, AnnMaria De Mars makes the argument that R—as a statistical computing platform—is not well suited for what she views as the next big things in data

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Solving optimization problems numerically in R with optim()

April 15, 2010
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Often in game theory (and presumably other applied math settings) we are interested in the behavior of equations with no explicit solution. In this talk, Andrew Little demonstrates how I use the optim() and other functions in R for such situations in m...

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Saving the world with R

April 15, 2010
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Tuesday's meeting of the Bay Area R UseR Group at the LinkedIn offices was a great event. The headline speaker was Joe Adler, author of the excellent R reference manual, R in a Nutshell. Joe's presentation was an in-depth look at the relative speed of various options in R for looking up values from a key in a key-value...

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R is an Epic Fail?

April 15, 2010
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I came across this blog post just now: The Next Big Thing, and of course these words caught my attention: However, for me personally and for most users, both individual and organizational, the much greater cost of software is the time it takes to install it, maintain it, learn it and document it. On

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