Monthly Archives: October 2010

The stimulus, mapped

October 29, 2010
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The stimulus, mapped

Edward Tufte created this "Lights-On Map", animating the grants under the American Recovery and Investment Act (more commonly known as the Stimulus): Click the image to see the lights come on over time. It's a nice visualization of the distribution of the stimulus projects over the country and time, but I'm actually surprised that it doesn't do a great...

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Because it’s Friday: Werner Heisenberg at a traffic stop

October 29, 2010
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Because it’s Friday: Werner Heisenberg at a traffic stop

I saw this on in a random image stream and it made me chuckle:A little googling suggests MathematiciansPictures.com is the source, where you can also get Heisenberg on a mug. Whether your coffee is in or outside the mug is, unfortunately, indetermin...

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SAS vs Open Source

October 29, 2010
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SAS CEO Jim Goodnight elicited guffaws from the audience during his keynote at JSM this year when he said "I have a problem with government using open source software". Now it seems Goodnight is at the center of another controversy related to open source, having dismissed the growth of open-source software for business intelligence in an interview with CBR...

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What I’ve been up to..

October 29, 2010
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It's been nearly a year since I posted here and much has changed. The obvious and most important change is a second new addition to our family which I've been blogging about elsewhere. On the work front I was able to publish a paper about some of my ...

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World Economic Forum Data Visualization Challenge

October 28, 2010
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Jaidev Deshpande writes: The World Economic Forum recently posed a data visualization problem. The dataset is a survey of experts from the so called "Agenda Councils" of the WEF. Here are the details. The dataset primarily contains the experts...

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Adapting graphs for presentations

October 28, 2010
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Adapting graphs for presentations

I’ve just finished reading slide:ology by Nancy Duarte. It contains lots of advice about how to convey meaning through aesthetics. The book has a general/business presentation focus, but it got me wondering about how to apply the ideas in a scientific context.  Since graphs from a big part of most scientific talks, and since that’s

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Integrating R with C++: Rcpp, RInside, and RProtobuf

October 28, 2010
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Last week the R “intergrouplet” at Google invited Dirk Eddelbuettel and Romain Francois to come and give a Tech Talk about their joint work on Rcpp, RInside, and RProtoBuf. Dirk and Romain agreed and also let us share the video of their talk:We were also happy to have John Chambers,...

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Integrating R with C++: Rcpp, RInside, and RProtobuf

October 28, 2010
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Last week the R “intergrouplet” at Google invited Dirk Eddelbuettel and Romain Francois to come and give a Tech Talk about their joint work on Rcpp, RInside, and RProtoBuf. Dirk and Romain agreed and also let us share the video of their talk:We were also happy to have John Chambers,...

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Google tech talk / Rcpp, … presentation on youtube

October 28, 2010
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Following this post, the 90 minutes presentation is now available to watch on youtube:

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Revolution Analytics’ Chief Scientist

October 28, 2010
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Lee Edlefsen, who has led the Revolution R development team in Seattle for more than three years, is now the Chief Scientist for Revolution Analytics. With more than 30 years experience in high-performance and statistical computing, this is a great position for Lee. There's more details in the press release linked below. Revolution Analytics: Revolution Analytics names Chief Scientist...

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