Monthly Archives: January 2011

Short review of the R book

January 5, 2011
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Short review of the R book

David Scott wrote a review of Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R in the International Statistical Review that is rather negative, since the main bulk reads as follows: I found some aspects of the book very disappointing. The first chapter (“Basic R Programming”) has some unfortunate mistakes and some statements, which are contentious at least

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My first R package: zipcode

January 5, 2011
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My first R package: zipcode

My first package, zipcode, is now available on CRAN. It contains the CivicSpace database of 43,191 U.S. zip codes.

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sab-R-metrics: Introduction to R

January 5, 2011
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sab-R-metrics: Introduction to R

In a recent post, I briefly mentioned that I may turn a majority of the focus of this blog to teaching R commands for use with sabermetric analysis. Only a few days later, Ricky Zanker began a new column at The Hardball Times doing just that. But that's okay. Hopefully both his and mine...

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sab-R-metrics: Introduction to R

January 5, 2011
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sab-R-metrics: Introduction to R

In a recent post, I briefly mentioned that I may turn a majority of the focus of this blog to teaching R commands for use with sabermetric analysis. Only a few days later, Ricky Zanker began a new column at The Hardball Times doing just that. But that's okay. Hopefully both his and mine...

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R-bloggers

January 5, 2011
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R-bloggers

Just a quick FYI note in case you haven't seen this site.R-bloggers is an awesome site, bringing together more than 140 blogs (including mine) about R in a single location. See Tal Galili's motivation for creating the site, and his notes on the site here.

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New approach to analysis of phylogenetic community structure

January 5, 2011
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New approach to analysis of phylogenetic community structure

Anthony Ives, of University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Matthew Helmus of the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, present a new statistical method for analyzing phylogenetic community structure in an early view paper in Ecological Monographs. See th...

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Adap’skiii [day 2]

January 5, 2011
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Adap’skiii [day 2]

Another exciting day at Adap’skiii!!! Yves Atchadé presented a very recent work on the fundamental issue of estimating the asymptotic variance estimation for adaptive MCMC algorithms, with an intriguing experimental observation that a non-converging bandwidth with rate 1/n was providing better coverage than the converging rate. (I always found the issue of estimating the asymptotic

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How many gifts did my true love give to me on all twelve nights…

January 5, 2011
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How many gifts did my true love give to me on all twelve nights of Christmas? After seeing Information is Beautiful’s recent information animation, I decided that I’d make my own. I used R to generate a PDF and then did a screencast of the PDF with ffmpeg to make a video with the appropriate timings. The code for the PDF...

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Customizing the Theme of Your R HTML Help

January 4, 2011
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Customizing the Theme of Your R HTML Help

R’s default theme of the HTML help pages is too plain for me to read, but we can easily modify the theme, which is essentially a CSS file. You can find the file under: file.path(R.home('doc'), 'html', 'R.css') Simply replace this file with my version: which looks like: Of course you can design your own R.css

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The R Journal: December 2010

January 4, 2011
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Issue 2 of The R Journal (the peer-reviewed journal devoted to R) was published over the Christmas break. In addition to news about the latest release of R, it also includes contributed articles on using GPU processing to fit Bayesian models in R, processing text data in R, solving differential equations in R, and much more. Follow the link...

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