Monthly Archives: May 2011

First-Cut Approach to Synchronizing Field Notes with GPS Data

May 9, 2011
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After a week's worth of work in the field, I typically have several pages of hand-written field notes that are associated with GPS waypoints-- badly in need of some kind of transcription/organization. I have yet to find a simple approach for bringing t...

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Importing Weather Data from Wunderground

May 9, 2011
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Importing Weather Data from Wunderground

Wunderground Example The Wunderground.com website offers several creative interfaces to current and historic weather information. One of the more interesting features is the URL-based interface to personal weather stations. As far as I can tell, the Wu...

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Registration open for Rmetrics Workshop on Computational Finance

May 9, 2011
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The Rmetrics Association is once again holding its annual Workshop and Summer School on Computational Finance and Financial Engineering at Meielisalp (on Lake Thune in Switzerland) from June 26-30. Now in its fifth year, the workshop consists of Summer School-like tutorial sessions and a user/developer meeting: Both focus on topics from "Computational Finance and Financial Engineering" and on the...

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Accessing Databases From R

May 9, 2011
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Accessing Databases From R

Jeffrey Breen put together a useful slideshow on accessing databases from R. I use RODBC every single day to access my own local MySQL server from R. I've had trouble with RMySQL, so I've always used RODBC instead after setting up my localhost MySQL se...

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Accessing Databases From R

May 9, 2011
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Jeffrey Breen put together a useful slideshow on accessing databases from R. I use RODBC every single day to access my own local MySQL server from R. I've had trouble with RMySQL, so I've always used RODBC instead after setting up my localhost MySQL se...

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making meat shares more efficient with R and Symphony

May 9, 2011
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making meat shares more efficient with R and Symphony

In my previous post, I motivated a web application that would allow small-scale sustainable meat producers to sell directly to consumers using a meat share approach, using constrained optimization techniques to maximize utility for everyone involved. In this post, I’ll walk through some R code that I wrote to demonstrate the technique on a small

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Comments on an R Connections API

May 9, 2011
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I wrote this post months ago but never hit 'Publish'. But, the subject has changed little since then. So, here's to cleaning out the draft folder... R's connections are the heart of data/code/text input and output. Without connections, R would be crippled. Additional connections make R more ... connected with potential data sources and output

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Multiple Y-axis in a R plot

May 9, 2011
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Multiple Y-axis in  a R plot

I often have to to plot multiple time-series with different scale of values for comparative purposes, and although placing them in different rows are useful, placing on a same graph is still useful sometimes...I searched a bit about this, and found som...

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Multiple Y-axis in a R plot

May 9, 2011
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Multiple Y-axis in  a R plot

I often have to to plot multiple time-series with different scale of values for comparative purposes, and although placing them in different rows are useful, placing on a same graph is still useful sometimes...I searched a bit about this, and found som...

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One minor detail for getting 64-bit R-2.13 running with Eclipse/StatET

May 9, 2011
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Upgrading from R-2.12 to R-2.13 was fairly painless, except for one minor hiccup in trying to get the 64-bit version running on my installation of Eclipse + StatET under Windows 7. The setup instructions are almost entirely the same as I have outlined ...

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