Monthly Archives: April 2010

alphahull: an R Package for Alpha-Convex Hull

April 16, 2010
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alphahull: an R Package for Alpha-Convex Hull

new paper on the α-convex hull appeared in the Journal of Statistical Software today (http://www.jstatsoft.org/v34/i05/paper). The α-convex hull is an interesting problem which caught my attention long time ago but I didn’t know a solution then. R has a function chull() which can generate (indices of) the convex hull for a series of points. Now

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Significant Figures in R and Rounding

April 16, 2010
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Significant Figures in R and Rounding

This is a follow-on to my previous post about determining significant digits, or sigdigs, in performance and capacity planning calculations. Once we know how to do that, inevitably we will be faced with rounding the result of a calculation to the least...

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Simulating Dart Throws in R

April 16, 2010
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Back in November 2009 Wired wrote an article about some grad students who decided to try to stochastically model throwing darts. Because I don’t actually read printed material I didn’t see the article until a couple of months ago. My immediate thought was, “hey, I drink beer. I throw darts. I build stochastic models. Why

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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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