Monthly Archives: June 2010

Because it’s Friday: Stochastic degradation

June 4, 2010
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When you upload a video to YouTube, they don't store a perfect digital copy of your media file. The video is actually re-encoded into the MPEG-4 video format. This saves space on YouTube's servers, but also introduces some random degradation to the video (as a result of the lossy compression process). So what happens if you then save that...

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Connecting Revolution R to MySQL on Windows

June 4, 2010
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My colleague Saar Golde was having some troubles connecting Revolution R to MySQL on Windows (64-bit). Turned out the problem was the lack of an environment variable. He documented the instructions for fixing the problem on Windows 7, below. Thanks, Saar! The Problem: A client is about to send me a couple of large MySQL tables, so I needed...

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Advanced debugging techniques in R

June 4, 2010
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Harlan Harris provides an interactive introduction to more advanced debugging techniques using traceback(), trace() and debug(). This talk was presented to the NYC R Statistical Programming Meetup on June 3, 2010. Code from Harlan's talk is available...

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Debugging basics in R

June 4, 2010
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Jay Emerson, professor of statistics at Yale University, introduces basic core functions for simple debugging in R, including print(), cat() and browser(). This talk was presented at the NYC R Statistical Programming Language Meetup on June 3, 2010.

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How to Create an R Package in Windows

How to Create an R Package in Windows

There are many reasons to create an R package, such as codes protection, convenient usage, etc. However, creating an R package in Unix is not hard, it IS in Windows, as R is designed in a Unix environment which includes a set of compilers, programming utilities, and text-formatting routines while Windows lacks those. I used to build an R...

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inline 0.3.5

June 3, 2010
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Yesterday morning, Romain pushed inline release 0.3.5 to CRAN. This is some ways a continuation of the 0.3.4 release I had made in December. That release had opened the door for the wide use of inline in our Rcpp package. And just how Rcpp has grown, ...

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inline 0.3.5

Yesterday morning, Romain pushed inline release 0.3.5 to CRAN. This is some ways a continuation of the 0.3.4 release I had made in December. That release had opened the door for the wide use of inline in our Rcpp package. And just how Rcpp has gro...

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Tracking JAXA Arctic Sea Ice Extent Trends

June 3, 2010
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Tracking JAXA Arctic Sea Ice Extent Trends

See my Arctic Update Page for daily updates on Arctic Sea Ice Extent Arctic Sea Ice Extent (SIE) follows an annual cycle, with maximum levels usually in March and minimum values in September.  Many analysts use day-of-year charts to compare … Co...

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Introductory Statistics with R

June 3, 2010
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Introductory Statistics with R

I am in the process of reading several books on R, S or statistics. I can't say that I have completed any of these - at least to the depth that I would like to... but I have found them helpful up to this point in various ways. I'll add to these book...

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Making Data Work online conference

June 3, 2010
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O'Reilly is hosting a conference on June 9 on the topic of the analysis of large data sets. The title of the conference is Making Data Work: Ever since Hal Varian proclaimed that data analysis is the sexy career for the coming decade, people have been talking about data. And big data. And even bigger data. This online conference,...

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