Monthly Archives: February 2011

When will my papers appear as references (if they do…) ?

February 10, 2011
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When will my papers appear as references (if they do…) ?

Following my post on citations in academic journals, I wanted to go one step further in the understanding of the dynamic of citations. So here, the dataset looks like that: for each article, we have the name of the journal, the year of publicatio...

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Model weights for model choice

February 9, 2011
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Model weights for model choice

An ‘Og reader. Emmanuel Charpentier, sent me the following email about model choice: I read with great interest your critique of Peter Congdon’s 2006 paper (CSDA, 50(2):346-357) proposing a method of estimation of posterior model probabilities based on improper distributions for parameters not present in the model inder examination, as well as a more general

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Stationarity

February 9, 2011
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Stationarity

In time series work you often run into difficulties in modeling processes where the overall level of one variable (an input, for example) changes over time but the levels of another variable (an output) do not change. For instance if … Continue reading →

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New R User Groups in Europe

February 9, 2011
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It's great to see the growth in R user groups around the world, and now there are three new ones in western Europe: In Amsterdam, a new R user group has just formed, called amst-R-dam. They are just scheduling their first meeting now (vote here for a date) which will be in the next 3-4 weeks; In Geneva, the...

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Merci taxi!

February 9, 2011
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Merci taxi!

I am in Montpellier today for a general meeting of our EMILE ANR grant bi-yearly meeting, discussing ABC model choice and new applications of simulation methods in population genetics, including an upgrade of DIYABC into the 2.0 version. (The above is a picture comparing “true” Bayes factors with ABC versions, commented in my Zürich talk

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Troubling news for the teaching of evolution

February 9, 2011
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Troubling news for the teaching of evolution

A recent survey reported in Science ("Defeating Creationism in the Courtroom, but not in the Classroom"),  suggests that high school teachers are not teaching evolution to the fullest extent, say, that grammar is being taught in the English c...

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Twos and Tens in Four Lines

February 9, 2011
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Twos and Tens in Four Lines

To chart the spread between 2-Year treasury yields and 10-Year treasury yields,  please type the simple code listed below into your R console. That is all, carry on as you were.require(quantmod)getSymbols(c("DGS10", "DGS2"), src="FRED")Ten_Two <...

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Using R for Introductory Statistics, Chapter 5, Probability Distributions

February 9, 2011
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Using R for Introductory Statistics, Chapter 5, Probability Distributions

In Chapter 5 of Using R for Introductory Statistics we get a brief introduction to probability and, as part of that, a few common probability distributions. Specifically, the normal, binomial, exponential and lognormal distributions make an appearance.For each distribution, R provides four functions whose names start with the letters d, p, q or r followed by...

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Using R for Introductory Statistics, Chapter 5, Probability Distributions

February 9, 2011
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Using R for Introductory Statistics, Chapter 5, Probability Distributions

In Chapter 5 of Using R for Introductory Statistics we get a brief introduction to probability and, as part of that, a few common probability distributions. Specifically, the normal, binomial, exponential and lognormal distributions make an appearance....

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Create a Web Crawler in R

February 8, 2011
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Create a Web Crawler in R

Admittedly I am not the best R coder, and I certainly have a lot to learn, but the code at the link below should provide you with an example of how easy it is to create a very (repeat: very) basic web crawler in R.  If you wanted to do this in SPSS, and I

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