Monthly Archives: December 2010

Another boring blog

December 2, 2010
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Another boring blog

I recently decided to create two blogs as outlets for my research.  The first (The Richness of Life) focuses more on the organisms I work with as an ecologist and my general interest as a student of natural history.  This blog on Quantitative...

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R 101 at TDWI

December 2, 2010
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Last month TDWI's James Powell interviewed Revolution CEO Norman Nie and published the interview as "R 101". The article answers some of the basic questions about R, such as: What is R? Why is R well-suited for predictive analytics? Why is R superior? How easy is it to learn R? Where is R headed? ... and much more. Read...

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R 101 at TDWI

December 2, 2010
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Last month TDWI's James Powell interviewed Revolution CEO Norman Nie and published the interview as "R 101". The article answers some of the basic questions about R, such as: What is R? Why is R well-suited for predictive analytics? Why is R superior? How easy is it to learn R? Where is R headed? ... and much more. Read...

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R with Vim

December 2, 2010
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R with Vim

For all those who think that Vim is The Editor for text files, and simultaneously think that R is The EnvironmentForStatisticalAnalysisAndGraphics. After trying out various options for intergrating Vim with R I settled on the following configuration: Use Vim-R-pluginfor editing R code files, R documentation files (*.Rd) as well as the Sweave files. Apart from

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Random variable generation (Pt 2 of 3)

December 2, 2010
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Random variable generation (Pt 2 of 3)

Acceptance-rejection methods This post is based on chapter 1.4 of Advanced Markov Chain Monte Carlo. Another method of generating random variates from distributions is to use acceptance-rejection methods. Basically to generate a random number from , we generate a RN from an envelope distribution , where .  The acceptance-rejection algorithm is as follows: Repeat until

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Statistique de l’assurance STT6705V, partie 12

December 2, 2010
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Statistique de l’assurance STT6705V, partie 12

The final course (since courses end this week in Montréal) can be watched here and there. The drawings from the course can be downloaded here (including last week's). First, to come back on last week's course , we considered Lee-carter model, i.e....

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Rd2roxygen: Convert Rd to roxygen documentation

December 1, 2010
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must admit that I have been tired of maintaining my R packages for a long time, and the main reason is I feel really uncomfortable with writing R documentations (Rd). The required structure of an R package mainly includes two directories R and man — the former for the R source code (typically functions), and

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Recent developments in the drug war

December 1, 2010
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Recent developments in the drug war

The Mexican government recently released data on all crime statistics from January 1997 to October 2010, as reported by the various police forces operating in Mexico. This information provides an unprecedented look at what has happened since the drug war began and allows for a frank assessment of the deterioration of security in Mexico.

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Recent developments in the drug war

December 1, 2010
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Recent developments in the drug war

The Mexican government recently released data on all crime statistics from January 1997 to October 2010, as reported by the various police forces operating in Mexico. This information provides an unprecedented look at what has happened since the drug war began and allows for a frank assessment of the deterioration of security in Mexico.

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Online Resources for Learning R

December 1, 2010
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Online Resources for Learning R

Online classes are an easy and convenient way to learn more about a topic of interest. Not surprisingly, there are a variety of online resources, free and otherwise, to learn more about R. From online graduate classes, to the more “learn at your own pace” approach, here are some resources I have found useful: Programming

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