Monthly Archives: September 2011

Dollars and cents: How are you at estimating the total bill?

September 30, 2011
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Dollars and cents: How are you at estimating the total bill?

When estimating the cost of a bunch of purchases, a useful heuristic is rounding to the nearest dollar. (In fact, on US income tax returns, one is allowed to omit the cents). If prices were uniformly distributed, the following two heuristics would be equally accurate: * Rounding each item up or down to the nearest dollar and summing * Rounding each...

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R Graph Gallery – Donations Welcome

September 30, 2011
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R Graph Gallery – Donations Welcome

I've added a PayPal button into the graph, just in case people want to help the development of the website

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Difficult Month for One of My Best Ideas

September 30, 2011
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Difficult Month for One of My Best Ideas

THIS IS NOT INVESTMENT ADVICE.  MY IDEAS PROBABLY WILL LOSE YOU MONEY, AND I WILL NOT LET YOU KNOW WHEN I CHANGE MY MIND. Bloomberg’s article “Asian Currencies Set for Worst Month Since 1997 Crisis Caused IMF Bailouts” demonstrates why with ...

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ttrTests This is a Test Test 3:Data Snoopy

September 30, 2011
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ttrTests This is a Test Test 3:Data Snoopy

THIS IS NOT INVESTMENT ADVICE.  IT IS JUST AN EXAMPLE AND WILL LIKELY LOSE LOTS OF MONEY IF YOU PURSUE WHAT IS DISCUSSED.  READER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN GAINS OR LOSSES.  IF YOU ARE AN UNLIKELY WINNER, I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR STO...

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R tutorial on visualizations/graphics

September 30, 2011
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R tutorial on visualizations/graphics

Rolf Lohaus, a Huxley postdoctoral fellow here in the EEB dept at Rice University, gave our R course a talk on basic visualizations in R this morning.Enjoy!

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R 2.13.2 released

September 30, 2011
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The R core team announced today that R 2.13.2 is now available: The byte pixies have rolled up R-2.13.2.tar.gz at 9:00 this morning. This is intended to be the final release of the 2.13 series, for the benefit of those apprehensive of putting 2.14.x into production use. This update fixes a number of minor bugs (for example, pch="." will...

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Rcpp 0.9.7

September 30, 2011
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A fresh maintenance release version 0.9.7 of Rcpp went onto CRAN and into Debian earlier today. This release contains two contributed fixes. The first, suggested by Darren Cook via the rcpp-devel mailing list, corrects how we had set up excepti...

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Microfinance Map of India – another go…

September 30, 2011
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Microfinance Map of India – another go…

I gave it another go, trying to get a map that looks a bit nicer. This time, I tried to compute something like a density or intensity in a certain area. On the previous map, this was not visible very well. I used ggplot2 and a bit of R code, together with RGoogleMaps to produce the

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Monitoring Productivity II – the Others

September 30, 2011
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Monitoring Productivity II – the Others

In previous Monitoring Productivity Experiment post I looked into the hours I spent in computer, now will look into the hours Others spend in computer, which is far more interesting :) To find things like what day people spend more time on computer, ho...

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Setting the initial view of a motion chart in R

September 30, 2011
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Setting the initial view of a motion chart in R

Following on from my article about accessing and plotting World Bank data with R I want to talk about how to change the initial view of a motion chart.Over the last couple of weeks I have been asked a view times how to do this. For instance Stephen O'G...

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