# Monthly Archives: January 2011

## Batting and Bowling performance in Ashes 2010 – 2011

January 9, 2011
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English cricket is strong once again. And it is great to see that (after all they invented the gentleman's game).In a sharp contrast to previous tours of Australia, England outplayed Australia on their home ground in the recently concluded Ashes 2...

## LearnR Toolkit To Help Excel Users Move Up To R

January 9, 2011
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As a former  Excel chart user, I want to help current Excel users make the transition to more advanced charting R with as little difficulty as possible. This post introduces my LearnR Toolkit to help Excel users move up to … Continue reading ...

## From one extreme (0) to another (1): challenge failed, but who cares…

January 9, 2011
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Just after arriving in Montréal, at the beginning of September, I discussed statistics of my blog, and said that it might be possible - or likely - that by new year's Eve, over a million page would have been viewed on my blog (from Google's count...

## R and Google Visualization API

January 8, 2011
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R interfaces with the powerful Google Visualization API with the package googleVis (see here). It's relatively easy to convert your graphics in R to interactive graphics to post on a web browser. And the graphics are quite nice, as seen below in a simple graph of some of my data collected from this summer on seed predation to...

January 8, 2011
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Just before Xmas, Conrad Sanderson released version 1.1.0 of Armadillo, his templated C++ library for linear algebra. Which I only noticed this week, so here comes version 0.2.11 of RcppArmadillo, our Rcpp-based integration into R.The only other ...

## The Automatic Millionaire & Amortization

January 8, 2011
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Dan Byrne of Vanderbilt University gave me a book back in October titled The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach. The book is an easy read and full of sound advice that I intend to take. Bach espouses a plan for retirement built on the principles of “paying yourself first” (i.e. before taxation, 401(k), 403(b)), making

## An example of linear discriminant analysis

January 8, 2011
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The following example was shown in an advanced statistics seminar held in tel aviv. The material for the presentation comes from C.M Bishop’s book : Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning by Springer(2006). One way of separating 2 categories using linear sub spaces of the input space (e.g. planes for 3D inputs, lines for 2D inputs, [&hellip

## Building a fact-based world view

January 7, 2011
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Gapminder is an independent foundation based in Stockholm, Sweden. Its mission is “to debunk devastating myths about the world by offering free access to a fact-based world view“. They provide free online tools, data (more than 400 datasets freely available!) and videos “to better understand the changing world“. The initial development of Gapminder was the

## Arrogance sampling

January 7, 2011
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$Arrogance sampling$

A new posting on arXiv by Benedict Escoto on a simulation method for approximating normalising constants (i.e. evidence) with an eye-catching name! Here is the abstract This paper describes a method for estimating the marginal likelihood or Bayes factors of Bayesian models using non-parametric importance sampling (“arrogance sampling”). This method can also be used to