Monthly Archives: November 2010

Looping through a set of graphics in odfWeave

November 3, 2010
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At proMENTE social research we often use the odfWeave and Sweave packages for the amazing statistics program R for automating the production of graphics and reports. odfWeave and Sweave are for the OpenOffice and lyx (www.lyx.org) word processors respectively. One problem with this approach arises when you have to produce and insert into your document

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Looping through a set of graphics in odfWeave

November 3, 2010
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At proMENTE social research we often use the odfWeave and Sweave packages for the amazing statistics program R for automating the production of graphics and reports. odfWeave and Sweave are for the OpenOffice and lyx (www.lyx.org) word proce...

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inline 0.3.7

November 3, 2010
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A bug-fix release 0.3.7 of inline is now on CRAN and at Debian. It fixes a minor bug: when package.skeleton() was called to convert one or more functions created with this package into a package, the corner case of just a single submitted function ...

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Rcpp 0.8.8

November 2, 2010
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A bug-fix release 0.8.8 of Rcpp is now available. It is awaiting processing at CRAN, and will be uploaded to Debian once processed at CRAN. In the meantime, sources are available from my local directory here. This release follows on the heels o...

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Another lottery coincidence

November 2, 2010
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Last week, the Freakonomics blog in the NYT reported that the Israeli lottery had drawn the same six numbers twice in a month. The seventh "bonus ball" was different, but still: quite a coincidence, right? Cue the quote from an expert to explain just how remarkable this is: Yitzhak Melechson, a statistics professor at the University of Tel Aviv,...

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SAS vs Open Source, ctd

November 2, 2010
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Following up on the story from last week, where SAS CEO Jim Goodnight said he "hadn't noticed" competition from open-source alternatives, open-source BI vendor Pentaho's "Chief Geek" James Dixon responds: What this means is that SAS has moved from the Igorance phase to the Ridicule phase of battling open source, they only have Fighting and Losing to go. There...

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Comments on probabilities

November 2, 2010
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Comments on probabilities

The only thing I remember from courses I had in probability a few years ago is that we also have to clearly defined the event we want to calculate the probability. On the Freakonomics blog, last week, the Israeli lottery was mentioned (here, see a...

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Installing rgdal on Mac OS X

November 2, 2010
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Installing rgdal on Mac OS X

After running a spatial data analysis with R session today, it became apparent that there are one or two teething problems installing the important rgdal package on Mac OS X operating systems. The usual install.packages(“rgdal”) won’t work. My colleague Jon Reades did some digging around to find this solution. I have tested it and it

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Names of villages, in France

November 2, 2010
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Names of villages, in France

Keith Briggs published a post here on names of English place name element distribution, which contains almost twenty maps like the one where names ends by -bourn,bourne,burn (here) or -head (there). Actually, it is possible (Robin mentioned that a...

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intergraph+network: no hacking necessary

November 2, 2010
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A short update on network+intergraph R packages story: Couple of days ago Carter Butts released a new version of the ‘network’ package (ver. 1.5-1). It has a namespace now. Consequently, the ‘intergraph’ package should work out-of-the-box. There is no need to install my hacked version of the ‘network’ package anymore.

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