Monthly Archives: October 2011

Top 50 Statistics blogs

October 10, 2011
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TheBestColleges.org has just published their list of the "Top 50 Statistics Blogs of 2011", and I'm pleased say that not only did our own Revolutions blog make the list, but it's in fine company with some truly excellent blogs. Several of my personal favourites made the list, including: Guardian columnist Ben Goldacre's Bad Science blog The Dataists, a blog...

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Upgrading R (and packages)

October 10, 2011
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I tend not to upgrade R very often—running from 6 months to 1 year behind in version numbers—because I had to reinstall all packages: a real pain. A quick search shows that people have managed to come up with good … Continue reading →

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An exercise in plyr and ggplot2 using triathlon results

October 10, 2011
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An exercise in plyr and ggplot2 using triathlon results

I ran my last triathlon for this year a couple of weeks ago, in the beautiful town of Stratford-upon-Avon. The results were online the day after so I decided to have a look at my fellow competitors’ times, which gave … Continue reading →

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Artist view of crimes in London

October 10, 2011
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Artist view of crimes in London

At first sight, one could think this picture is a scale model of some narrow moutains, like Bryce Canyon… Actually it represents crimes in East London, an cardboard artwork by the Londoner artist Abigail Reynolds, called Mount Fear.  Here is what can be read on the artist’s webpage: The terrain of Mount Fear is generated

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single-column data frame

October 10, 2011
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This is a trivial but very useful tip:> x=data.frame(a=1:4, c=5)> x a c1 1 52 2 53 3 54 4 5> x a c1 1 5> x 1 2 3 4> x a1 12 23 34 4where you can see that:to avoid a become a vector, rather than a...

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k-mean clustering + heatmap

October 10, 2011
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If you want more info about clustering, I have another post about "Clustering analysis and its implementation in R". Here is the link:  http://onetipperday.blogspot.com/2012/04/clustering-analysis-2.html------------Several R functions in this...

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Reading HTML pages in R for text processing

October 10, 2011
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We were talking with one of my colleagues about doing some text analysis—that, by the way, I have never done before—for which the first issue is to get text in R. Not any text, but files that can be accessed … Continue reading →

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An R function to determine if you are a data scientist

October 10, 2011
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An R function to determine if you are a data scientist

“Data scientist” is one of the buzzwords in the running for rebranding applied statistics mixed with some computing. David Champagne, over at Revolution Analytics, described the skills for being a data scientist with a Venn Diagram. Just for fun, ...

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Plot Animation with Imported Images

October 10, 2011
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Plot Animation with Imported Images

...I really dig the animation package! ..so here's the outcome of my firsts encounters with saveHTML() - I produced an animation with pre-existing images by utilizing the functions readJPEG() and rasterImage() from the R-packages jpeg and ReadImage...

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How can you do a smart job getting data from internet?

October 9, 2011
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I’d like to explore more the capabilities of my statistical packages to get data online and allocate it in memory instead of download each dataset by hand. After all, I found this task is pretty easy, but got me out of bed for one night trying to find the most efficient way to loop across

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