I was curious about creating maps with ggplot2 - and was happy to find that great minds have long since tackled this topic. Folks who are interested in how to learn about R (and ggplot2) might be interested in the process. (There should be ...

From July 20-23, this year's use R! conference took place in Gaithersburg near Washington. I attended the conference as part of my holidays in the U.S. and had a good time there. I met some people, even though that is not the easiest thing for me to do, and I got some inspirations and ideas I outline below:Stat appsOne...

In a dedicated session at the JSM conference here in Vancouver, the creators of R, Robert Gentleman and Ross Ihaka, accepted their prize (announced in January, but awarded today) from the American Statistical Association for "innovation in computing, software, or graphics that has had a great impact on statistical practice or research". It's a well-justified award: as stated by...

A new release (now at version 0.3.3) of RQuantLib is now on CRAN and in Debian. RQuantLib combines (some of) the quantitative analytics of QuantLib with the R statistical computing environment and language. Many of the changes in this new version are ...

A new release (now at version 0.3.3) of RQuantLib is now on CRAN and in Debian. RQuantLib combines (some of) the quantitative analytics of QuantLib with the R statistical computing environment and language. Many of the changes in this new version ...

The same pattern as yesterday occurred, namely that the sessions that most interested me were all together at the 10:30 and 2pm slots, while there was no talk (besides the official ones) after 4pm… After another run around Stanley Park, I took the opportunity of being late for the first session to sit outside and

My colleague Karen needed an equation to predict trunk diameter given tree height, which she hoped to base on measurements of trees in semi-arid Australian woodlands. This is the dark art of allometry and a quick google found a large number of formulae that have been used in different studies of tree dimensions. No problem: I started to...