Monthly Archives: November 2010

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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How to simulate wind speed time series with R

November 2, 2010
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How to simulate wind speed time series with R

If you need to generate synthetic wind speed time series, you may find useful the procedure described in  “A Markov method for simulating non-gaussian wind speed time series” by G.M. McNerney and P.S. Veers (Sandia Laboratories, 1985), and “Estimation of extreme wind speeds with very long return periods” by M.D.G Dukes and J.P. Palutikof (Journal

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ROC – plot

November 1, 2010
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ROC – plot

There are many implantation in R already of ROC plots (e.g. in the packages PresenceAbsence, ROCR). I just wrote my own very simple script just to get a better understanding of it.

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Programming with R – Returning Information as a List

November 1, 2010
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In previous posts (here and here) we created a simple function that returns a single numeric value. In some situations it may be more useful to return a more flexible data type, such as a list object, to provide more information about the calculations that have been performed. We can extend our previous function by changing

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Google TechTalk on integrating R

November 1, 2010
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As noted on the Google Open Source Blog last week, R package authors Dirk Eddelbuettel and Romain Francois recently gave a presentation on R at the Googleplex, on various topic related to "bridging" R into other systems. Their 90-minute talk is available for replay on YouTube (as part of the Google TechTalks series), and you can download the slides...

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An analysis of the Stackoverflow Beta sites

November 1, 2010
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An analysis of the Stackoverflow Beta sites

In the last six months or so, the behemoth of Q & A sites stackoverflow, decided to change tack and launch a number of other non-computing-language sites. To launch a site in the stackoverflow family, sites have to spend time gathering followers in Area51. Once a site has gained a critical mass, a new StackExchange

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Interesting packages of new BioC2.7

November 1, 2010
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NuPoP Nucleosome positioning predictionMulcom Differential expression and false discovery rate calculation through multiple comparisonontoCAT Ontology parsingBHC Bayesian Hierarchical ClusteringiSeq Bayesian Hierarchical Modeling of ChIP-seq...

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Example 8.12: Bike ride plot, part 1

November 1, 2010
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Example 8.12: Bike ride plot, part 1

The iPhone app Cyclemeter uses the phone's GPS capability to record location and other data, and infer speed, while you ride. I took a ride near my house recently, and downloaded the data. I'd like to examine my route and my speed. A simple plot of ...

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