Monthly Archives: July 2011

My own programming style convention for most languages

July 1, 2011
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I write code mainly in R, and from times to times, in C, C++, SAS, bash, python, and perl. There are style guides out there that help make your code more consistent and readable to yourself and others. Here is a style guide for C++, and here is Google’s style guide for R and here... Read more »

Wikipedia for Kaggle Participants

July 1, 2011
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Kaggle has released a new data-mining challenge: use data from 10 years of Wikipedia edits in order to predict future edit rates. The dataset has been anonymized in order to obscure editor identity and article identity, simultaneously adding focus to the challenge and robbing the dataset of considerable richness. I have some experience with wikipedia…

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B*tchin’ six dimensional 6-cube. The rainbow colours and…

July 1, 2011
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B*tchin’ six dimensional 6-cube. The rainbow colours and…

B*tchin’ six dimensional 6-cube. The rainbow colours and glass panes really help this visualisation.  Examples of 6-dimensional things If it’s hard to envision 6 dimensions, consider this: the possible tunings of a guitar constitute a 6-dimensio...

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B*tchin’ six dimensional 6-cube. The rainbow colours and…

July 1, 2011
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B*tchin’ six dimensional 6-cube. The rainbow colours and…

B*tchin’ six dimensional 6-cube. The rainbow colours and glass panes really help this visualisation.  Examples of 6-dimensional things If it’s hard to envision 6 dimensions, consider this: the possible tunings of a guitar constitute a 6-dimensio...

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How to find R experts on LinkedIn

July 1, 2011
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If you're looking for connections with expertise in R programming, the new Skills and Expertise feature on LinkedIn makes it easy. Just visit the R Skills page for a list of R practitioners on LinkedIn. You can also add "R" to your own list of skills from the same page. You also might want to consider joining the R...

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Improving data quality with deducorrect

July 1, 2011
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Improving data quality with deducorrect

Does your raw numerical data suffer from typos? sign errors? variable swaps? rounding errors? You may be able to fix all that with the deducorrect package. Today, we (that is Edwin de Jonge, Sander Scholtus and myself) uploaded the, 1.0-0 … Continue reading →

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Improving data quality with deducorrect

July 1, 2011
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Improving data quality with deducorrect

Does your raw numerical data suffer from typos? sign errors? variable swaps? rounding errors? You may be able to fix all that with the deducorrect package. Today, we (that is Edwin de Jonge, Sander Scholtus and myself) uploaded the, 1.0-0 release to CR...

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Low-hanging R Optimizations on Ubuntu

July 1, 2011
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Low-hanging R Optimizations on Ubuntu

A friend of mine brought my attention recently to the fact that the default R install is way to generic and thus sub-optimal. While I didn’t go all the way rebuilding everything from scratch, I did find a few cheap steps one can do to help things a little. Simply install the libatlas3gf-base package. That’s

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The stringr package just turned 0.5

July 1, 2011
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(Re-posted from a post made by Hadley Wickham to the mailing list) # About the stringr package Strings are not glamorous, high-profile components of R, but they do play a big role in many data cleaning and preparations tasks. R provides a solid set of string operations, but because they have grown organically over time, they can be inconsistent...

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Weighting and prediction in sample surveys

July 1, 2011
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A couple years ago Rod Little was invited to write an article for the diamond jubilee of the Calcutta Statistical Association Bulletin. His article was published with discussions from Danny Pfefferman, J. N. K. Rao, Don Rubin, and myself. Here it all is.I'll paste my discussion below, but it's worth reading the others' perspectives too. Especially...

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