Monthly Archives: September 2011

The R Graph Gallery goes social

September 28, 2011
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The R Graph Gallery goes social

The R Graph Gallery, the website from Romain François that showcases hundreds of examples of data visualization with R, has new social features. Now, when you find a graph or chart you find appealing or useful, you can "Like" it on Facebook or "+1" it on Google+. This should be a great way of highlighting the best charts and...

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Is the “Long Tail” a Useless Concept?

Is the “Long Tail” a Useless Concept?

In response to my last post, “The Long Tail of the Pareto Distribution,” Neil Gunther had the following comment:            “Unfortunately, you've fallen into the trap of using the ‘long tail’ misnomer. If you think about it, it can't possibly be the length of the tail that sets distributions like Pareto and Zipf apart; even the negative exponential and Gaussian...

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Data Science: a literature review

September 28, 2011
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Data Science: a literature review

Just what is Data Science, anyway? Here's one take: Ever since the term "Data Scientist" was coined by DJ Patil and Jeff Hammerbacker in 2009, there's been a vigorous debate on what the team actually means. More than 80% of statisticians consider themselves data scientists, but Data Science is more than just Statistics. (My own take is that Data...

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Polyploidy in sugarcane

September 28, 2011
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While reading UseR conference abstracts I came across this sentence: "Sugarcane is polypoid, i.e., has 8 to 14 copies of every chromosome, with individual alleles in varying numbers." Vau! This generates really complex genotype system. Say we have biallelic gene with alleles being A and B. In diploids the possible genotypes are AA, AB, and BB. Given the...

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Bessel integral

September 28, 2011
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Bessel integral

Pierre Pudlo and I worked this morning on a distribution related to philogenic trees and got stuck on the following Bessel integral where In is the modified Bessel function of the first kind. We could not find better than formula 6.611(4) in Gradshteyn and Ryzhik. which is for a=0… Anyone in for a closed form

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Using transparency for data count intuition

September 27, 2011
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Using transparency for data count intuition

This is an illustration of representing point count in a graphic using transparency. This is easy to do in ggplot2 if you use one of the barchart type of geoms.  However I think there are other situations where it would be useful to apply aesthetics based on point count. Since Hadley did a lot of

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World Tourism Day, and Google Public Data Explore

September 27, 2011
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World Tourism Day, and Google Public Data Explore

Today is the World Tourism Day! So let’s speak about some tourism related datasets – and others. Among other nice functions, Google offers a Public Data Explore in a beta version which provides a collection of datasets from OECD, IMF, Eurostat, … Continue reading →

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Five new local R user groups

September 27, 2011
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Looks like there's been a lot of activity in the R user community in the Northern hemisphere now that the summer break is over. I've just added several new groups to the Local R User Group Directory: Tokyo, Japan: The Tokyo.R R study group has already had 17 meetings, but has just been added to the directory. Shanghai/East China:...

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Tikz Introduction

September 27, 2011
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Tikz Introduction

The pgf drawing package for LaTeX provides facilities for drawing simple of complicated pictures within a LaTeX document. There are many options available within the package and in this post we consider some of the basics to get up and running. Fast Tube by Casper As with all LaTeX documents we need to select a

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Basic line chart with ggplot2

September 27, 2011
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Basic line chart with ggplot2

ggplot2 is a package for R which easily draws plots that are easier on the eyes than R’s built-in plotting functions, though the grammar is different than what is commonly used in R. This code demonstrates how to prepare a … Continue reading →

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