Monthly Archives: August 2010

New R User Group in Portland, OR

August 5, 2010
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There's another new R user group on the US West Coast, this time in Portland, Oregon. The Portland R User Group will hold their first meeting at the Lucky Labrador Brew Pub on Tuesday, August 17. If you're in the Portland/Vancouver area, come along for beeRs and conversation with other useRs in your area. Incidentally, there are so many...

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Are MLB Games Getting Longer?

August 5, 2010
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Are MLB Games Getting Longer?

On July 29, 2010, I had a flight from Denver to Cincinnati.  About an hour before boarding, I went to ESPN’s website and found a new article by Bill Simmons, a.k.a The Sports Guy (@sportsguy33 on Twitter).  The basic premise of this article is that a core group of fans is losing interest in Red

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R helps reproducible research

August 5, 2010
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While reading a paper on mutualistic networks in press at Ecology, by Jimena Dorado et al., I found the following sentence in the Materials & methods section: Correlation analyses were done using the cor.test function in the basepackage of R (…)Read the rest of this entry »

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Big data for R

August 5, 2010
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Big data for R

Revolutions Analytics recently announced their "big data" solution for R. This is great news and a lovely piece of work by the team at Revolutions.However, if you want to replicate their analysis in standard R, then you can absolutely do so and we show you how.

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Big data for R

August 5, 2010
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Big data for R

Revolutions Analytics recently announced their "big data" solution for R. This is great news and a lovely piece of work by the team at Revolutions.However, if you want to replicate their analysis in standard R, then you can absolutely do so and we show you how.

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Plotting texts as graphs with R and igraph

August 4, 2010
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Plotting texts as graphs with R and igraph

I’ve plotted several word association graphs for this New York Times article (1st paragraph) using R and the igraph library. #1, random method #2, circle method #3, sphere method #4, spring method #5, fruchterman-reingold method # 6, kamada-kawai method #7, graphopt method The red vertices mark cliques. Here’s the (rough) R code for plotting such

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Hacking the CISEN homicide data

August 4, 2010
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Hacking the CISEN homicide data

The director of the CISEN, the Mexican agency in charge of generating intelligence to safeguard Mexico's security, said in a presentation yesterday that the number of homicides linked to the drug war was a little over 28,000 since the start of the Calderon administration. Guillermo Valdés didn't provide the raw data so I used Engauge to digitize...

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Hacking the CISEN homicide data

August 4, 2010
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Hacking the CISEN homicide data

The director of the CISEN, the Mexican agency in charge of generating intelligence to safeguard Mexico's security, said in a presentation yesterday that the number of homicides linked to the drug war was a little over 28,000 since the start of the Calderon administration. Guillermo Valdés didn't provide the raw data so I used Engauge to digitize...

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Recent arXiv postings

August 4, 2010
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Recent arXiv postings

With too little time, too many things to do on my plate, here are some recent arXiv postings I won’t have time to comment: Adaptive Monte Carlo on multivariate binary sampling spaces. (arXiv:1008.0055v1) Mixture Decomposition of Distributions using a Decomposition of the Sample Space. (arXiv:1008.0204v1) Bayesian Model Selection for Beta Autoregressive Processes. (arXiv:1008.0121v1) Reference priors

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Integrating R with Geany

August 4, 2010
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According to landroni, R can also be easily integrated with Geany:Download 0.19 (non-optional), then you need to set send_selection_unsafe=true in geany.conf and assign "Send selection to terminal" to a ctrl+r keybinding or similar. As long as you...

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