Monthly Archives: August 2011

Q-Q Plots for Multi-modal Performance Data

August 3, 2011
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Q-Q Plots for Multi-modal Performance Data

I'm in the process of putting together some slides on how to apply Quantile-Quantile plots to performance data. Q-Q plots are a handy tool for visually inspecting how well your data matches a known probability distribution (prob dsn). If the match is g...

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Hotness

August 3, 2011
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Hotness

We have an internal image that floated around work several years ago that details network utilization of TCP over a wide variety of configurations. It is a heatmap created in matlab that is just sweet, sweet eye candy. We actually hung it on the outside of a cube for a short while and people couldn't help but stop and...

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How Google uses R to make online advertising more effective

August 3, 2011
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At JSM 2011 today, three Google employees (amongst the more than 20 Google delegates there) gave a little insight into how statistical analysis with R yields better results for companies using Google's various advertising products. Bill Heavlin from Google kicked off the session with a talk about conditional regression models, a statistical technique at Google used to evaluate the...

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A Bayesian Guessing Game

August 3, 2011
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A Bayesian Guessing Game

You, the player, must think of some set, eg "odd numbers" or "perfect squares," and that'll be your little secret. Now think of some numbers that live in the intersection of your set and the integers {1, 2, ... , 100} -- for example, if you've chosen ...

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Faster files in R

August 3, 2011
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R is fairly slow in reading files. read.table() is slow, scan() a bit faster, and readLines() fastest.But all these are nowhere as fast as other tools that scan through files. Let us look at an example. I have in front of me a 283M file.(Small update: the timings where off before. First because R hashes strings, one has to...

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Tomboy Notes: Personal R Help File

August 3, 2011
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Tomboy Notes: Personal R Help File

When learning R it is helpful to have your own personal help file. One you create for yourself, with the notes, links, and language you understand (sometimes the help files are not very helpful). Let me introduce you to Tomboy Notes.Tomboy Notes is a l...

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Data Driven Story Discovery: Working Up a Multi-Layered Chart

August 3, 2011
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Data Driven Story Discovery: Working Up a Multi-Layered Chart

How many different dimensions (or “columns” in a dataset where each row represents a different sample and each column a different measurement taken as part of that sample) can you plot on a chart? Two are obvious: X and Y values, which are ideal for representing continuous numerical variables. If you’re plotting points, as in

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WordPress WordCloud with R

August 3, 2011
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WordPress WordCloud with R

These days one can frequently read about wordclouds created with R, initiated by the release of the wordcloud package by Ian Fellows on July 23rd. So here I am to put in my two cents. I thought about creating a wordcloud of a complete blog history, so I build a script that connects to a

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RTextTools v1.1 Released

A major upgrade of RTextTools has been released, including many optimizations, UI changes, and features based on feedback from the 2011 CAP Conference in Catania. Changes include the addition of a new low-memory algorithm GLMNET, full user documentation, simplification of the user interface, bundled datasets, better analytics for both virgin a

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Are students’ teaching evaluations influenced by instructors’ looks?

August 3, 2011
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Are students’ teaching evaluations influenced by instructors’ looks?

Are students' teaching evaluations influenced by instructors' looks? ggplot2 may help find the answer.The recent release of RcmdrPlugin.KMggplot2 has made ggplot2 available to those who prefer GUI to the command line interface. With the new plugin for ...

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