Monthly Archives: October 2010

Because it’s Friday: I hate pennies

October 1, 2010
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I was brought up in Australia, where we got rid of 1¢ and 2¢ coins in my childhood. Nobody missed them, at least as I recall. I certainly didn't: they were useless, even at the age when I might by lollies (candy) for 2¢ apiece. But then again, I'd never buy one, and with the new changes if I...

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Fibonacci 1-liners

October 1, 2010
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The other day, as an excuse to play around with custom iterators, I created some completely over-engineered code to calculate the Fibonacci sequences. But surely such a simple function can be implemented in fewer than my 15 lines? (Rick Wicklin, who writes the SAS blog The Do Loop, thinks so too.) We could use such a function to more...

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R Beginner’s Guide Book Update 10/1/2010

October 1, 2010
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R Beginner’s Guide Book Update 10/1/2010

Update: Statistical Analysis with R is now available!I recently submitted the final drafts of all chapters of my R Beginner's Guide book, which is to be published through Packt. The official publishing timeline is set to December 2010, although the boo...

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R Beginner’s Guide Book Update 10/1/2010

October 1, 2010
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R Beginner’s Guide Book Update 10/1/2010

Update: Statistical Analysis with R is now available!I recently submitted the final drafts of all chapters of my R Beginner's Guide book, which is to be published through Packt. The official publishing timeline is set to December 2010, although the boo...

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Three-Quarter Truths: Correlation Is Not Causation

October 1, 2010
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Three-Quarter Truths: Correlation Is Not Causation

Other than our culture’s implicit association between lies, damned lies and statistics, I think no idea has stifled the growth of statistical literacy as much as the endless repetition of the words correlation is not causation. This phrase seems to be primarily used to suppress intellectual inquiry by encouraging the unspoken assumption that correlational knowledge

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R Optimization Function Test

R Optimization Function Test

Using Kalman Filter for CIR interest rate model parameter estimation was introduced at my previously post Kalman Filter finance, soon after that I got a few comments saying the final results are unstable and highly depend on the initial values, that's...

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