Monthly Archives: April 2011

Block diagonal matrices in R

April 13, 2011
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Block diagonal matrices in R

As far as I can tell, R doesn’t have a function for building block diagonal matrices so as I needed one, I’ve coded it myself. It might save someone some time. Example: Let m1 and m2 two square matrices. Selec … Continue reading →

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Some comments peer-review and a year of blogging

April 13, 2011
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It's been a year since I began keeping a web log. This post presents some thoughts related to the experience. Blogging is Sharing Ideas Blogging is online self-publishing. There is no faster way to share your ideas so broadly. Last year at the useR! conference (in Gaithersburg, MD, just a few months after I started

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RProtoBuf 0.2.3

April 13, 2011
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A maintenance release 0.2.3 of RProtoBuf is now on CRAN. RProtoBuf provides GNU R bindings for the Google Protobuf data encoding library used and released by Google. The NEWS file entry follows below: 0.2.3 2011-04-12 o Protect UINT64...

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Using R and clinical heuristics to explore the Heritage Health Prize: what do we gain?

April 13, 2011
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The recent opening of the Heritage Health Prize both represents a milestone and raises a cautionary flag. On the one hand, crowdsourced analytics prizes have never tackled anything so noble (not to discount predicting movie ratings), but on the other … Continue reading →

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CoKriging with gstat – Videotutorial

April 13, 2011
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This is the last lesson of the R Videotutorial for spatial statistics.It is all about cokriging in gstat. For this lesson I used the meuse dataset, available within gstat, for the references to this dataset take a look at the script.The videotutorial i...

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CoKriging with gstat – Videotutorial

April 13, 2011
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This is the last lesson of the R Videotutorial for spatial statistics.It is all about cokriging in gstat. For this lesson I used the meuse dataset, available within gstat, for the references to this dataset take a look at the script.The videotutorial i...

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Screening for predictive characteristics … and a mea culpa

Screening for predictive characteristics … and a mea culpa

In my last post, I considered the UCI mushroom dataset and characterized the variables included there using four different interestingness measures.  When I began drafting this post, my intention was to consider the question of how the different m...

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Journal of Statistical Software. Vol. 40

April 12, 2011
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The latest edition of the Journal of Statistical Software is out, with plenty of interesting articles for R users. A must-read is Hadley Wickham's article on "The Split-Apply-Combine Strategy for Data Analysis", which makes a compelling argument for the use of the plyr package to partition datasets and apply sub-group analyses. Also, anyone who hasn't yet purchased a copy...

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Using tikzDevice with Sweave in R 2.13

April 12, 2011
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R 2.13 introduces an option to specify a custom graphics device in an Sweave code chunk. This is really cool and allows you to use tikzDevice output like pgfSweave does. In an pinch, say when you dont have access to any non-core packages, you can use tikzDevice output with the regular Sweave driver (RweaveLatex) more

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Video Tutorial on Robust Standard Errors

April 12, 2011
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Video Tutorial on Robust Standard Errors

Update: I have included a modified version of this summaryR() command as part of my package tonymisc, which extends mtable() to report robust standard errors. The tonymisc package is available on CRAN through the install.packages() command.If you have...

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