Monthly Archives: May 2010

A small customization of ESS

May 14, 2010
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A small customization of ESS

JD Long (at Cerebral Mastication) posted a question on Twitter about an artifact in ESS, where typing “_” gets you “<-”. This is because in the early days of S+, “_” was an allowed assignment operator, and ESS was developed in that era. Later, it was disallowed in favor of “<-” and “=”, so ESS

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Because it’s Friday: Optical Illusion

May 14, 2010
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See more of the best illusions of 2010 at the link below. Best Illusion of the Year Contest: Top finalists in the 2010 contest

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New R User Group in Boston

May 14, 2010
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There's another new R User Group, this time in Boston: the New England R User Group. Their first meeting will be on Tuesday, May 25. Get all the info by joining the Google Group at the link below. Google Groups: New England R User Group

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Introducing IBrokers (and Jeff Ryan)

May 13, 2010
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Introducing IBrokers (and Jeff Ryan)

Josh had kindly invited me to post on FOSS Trading around the time when he first came up with the idea for the blog. Fast forward a year and I am finally taking him up on his offer.I'll start by highlighting that while all the software in this post is indeed free (true to FOSS), an account with...

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Introducing IBrokers (and Jeff Ryan)

May 13, 2010
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Introducing IBrokers (and Jeff Ryan)

Josh had kindly invited me to post on FOSS Trading around the time when he first came up with the idea for the blog. Fast forward a year and I am finally taking him up on his offer.I'll start by highlighting that while all the software in this post is indeed free (true to FOSS), an account with...

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In case you missed it: April Roundup

May 13, 2010
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from last month of particular interest to R users. We announced the availability of Revolution R Community 3.2 (based on R 2.10.1), now 100% open source, and including a new doMC package for parallel computing on Windows. We announced that Revolution R Enterprise is now available free of charge to...

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Introduction to using R in research

May 13, 2010
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I was recently asked to give a talk to our graduate school annual conference. I offered several titles and the one they picked was Using R in research. I'm not sure if this was a good idea or not. The graduate school covers PhD students across three ar...

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Using R, LaTeX, and Sweave for Reproducible Research: Handouts, Templates, & Other Resources

May 13, 2010
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Several readers emailed me or left a comment on my previous announcement of Frank Harrell's workshop on using Sweave for reproducible research asking if we could record the seminar. Unfortunately we couldn't record audio or video, but take a look a...

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Is it possible to get a causal smoothed filter ?

May 12, 2010
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Is it possible to get a causal smoothed filter ?

Although I haven't been all that much of a fan of moving average based methods, I've observed some discussions and made some attempts to determine if it's possible to get an actual smoothed filter with a causal model. Anyone who's worked on financial ...

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pimax(mcsm)

May 12, 2010
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pimax(mcsm)

The function pimax from our package mcsm is used in to reproduce Figure 5.11 of our book Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R. (The name comes from using the Pima Indian R benchmark as the reference dataset.) I got this email from Josué I ran the ‘pimax’ example from the mcsm manual, and it gave

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