# Monthly Archives: March 2011

## Comparing two-dimensional data sets in R

March 9, 2011
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I wanted to fit a continuous function to a discrete 2D distribution in R. I managed to do this by using nls, and wanted to display the data. I discovered a nice way to compare the actual data and the fit using ggplot2, where the background is the real ...

## Forest plots using R and ggplot2

March 9, 2011
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Abhijit over at Stat Bandit posted some nice code for making forest plots using ggplot2 in R. You see these lots of times in meta-analyses, or as seen in the BioVU demonstration paper. The idea is simple - on the x-axis you have the odds ratio (or what...

## Forest plots using R and ggplot2

March 9, 2011
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Abhijit over at Stat Bandit posted some nice code for making forest plots using ggplot2 in R. You see these lots of times in meta-analyses, or as seen in the BioVU demonstration paper. The idea is simple - on the x-axis you have the odds ratio (or what...

## My First Few Days with RStudio

March 9, 2011
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As most readers are probably aware, the free IDE for R, called RStudio, was recently released for general use and it immediately made huge waves within the R community. IDE stands for Integrated Development Environment. IDEs typically provides a rich set tools developing in some target language. For standard programming languages like C++ (VisualStudio) and Java (Eclipse or NetBeans),...

## Playing with quantiles, part 2

March 8, 2011
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It is common to look at best time at the Marathon. Or perhaps the distribution of the top100, as done by John Myles White on his blog here (data can be found there), as the graph below, with the density of the time for the first 100 men (in blue) a...

## Playing with quantiles, part 1

March 8, 2011
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A standard idea in extreme value theory (see e.g. here, in French unfortunately) is that to estimate the 99.5% quantile (say), we just need to estimate a quantile of level 95% for observations exceeding the 90% quantile. In extreme value theory,...

## Ascii code table in R

March 8, 2011
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A quick method to enumerate the printable ascii characters with their hex & decimal values.The following code relies on taking the "raw" value of a base 10 int (this gives a hex value), and then using the builtin function rawToChar, which gives a character. You can of course change the range (up to 255). Not sure and haven't tested,...

## Can one beat a Random Walk– IMPOSSIBLE (you say?)

March 8, 2011
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Firstly, apologies for the long absence as I've been busy with a few things.  Secondly, apologies for the horrific use of caps in the title (for the grammar monitors).  Certainly, you'll gain something useful from today's musing, as it's a pr...

## Challenge: Visualizing the US Federal Budget

March 8, 2011
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Google today announced a Data Visualization Challenge that is well suited to the graphical capabilities of R. The goal is to visualize the US Federal budget from the point of view of the taxes an individual pays. The data are available from whatwepayfor.com -- their FAQ gives details about the source of the data and the philosophy of making...

## New R IDE

March 8, 2011
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I'm always looking for ways to improve my workflow and overall academic efficiency. I've tried a variety of text editors, GUIs, and integrated development environments (IDEs) for R. I have some preferences but I haven't found anything that I'm complete...