Monthly Archives: October 2011

On R versus SAS

October 6, 2011
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A short while ago there was a discussion on linkedin about the use of SAS versus R for the enterprise. I have thought a bit about the issue but, as I do not use Linkedin, I did not make any … Continue reading →

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A Work of Art: Efron on Bayesian Inference

October 6, 2011
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(Contributing blogger Joseph Rickert reports from the Stanford University Statistics Seminar series - ed.) Stanford University is very gracious about letting the general public attend many university events. Yesterday, it caught my eye that Bradley Efron was going to speak on Bayesian inference and the parametric bootstrap at the weekly Statistics seminar. So, since the free shuttle that goes...

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R talk on regular expressions (regex)

October 6, 2011
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R talk on regular expressions (regex)

Regular expressions are a powerful in any language to manipulate, search, etc. data. For example:> fruit <- c("apple", "banana", "pear", "pineapple")> fruit "apple" "banana" "pear" "pineapple"> grep("a", fruit) # there is an ...

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R: Preparing balanced stimuli lists for a psychological experiment

October 6, 2011
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Dividing a list of stimuli described by several statistics into subsets which are balanced according to these statistics is a common task in psychological research. For the purpose of preparing materials for an experiment which I am going to conduct &#...

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R Workshop

October 6, 2011
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I am going to start a continuing “R Workshop” series of posts with R tips and tricks. If you have questions you’d like answered or were wondering about certain aspects, please leave them in the comments.

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Commercial Analytics: The Capabilities

October 5, 2011
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Commercial Analytics: The Capabilities

Commercial Analytics is the kind that makes money. From data to dollars, insights to income, this is all about how to run the business better. To do it and to do it well you need certain capabilities in place. This article builds a map of those business capabilities to help you assess, understand, and plan your business.

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Do cents follow Benford’s Law?

October 5, 2011
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Do cents follow Benford’s Law?

Benford's law is an amazing thing. If you know the probability distribution that classes of "natural" numbers should have, you can detect where people might be faking data: phony tax returns, bogus scientific studies, etc.

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New R-generated Video: Has StackOverflow Posting Behavior Changed Over Time?

October 5, 2011
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New R-generated Video:  Has StackOverflow Posting Behavior Changed Over Time?

Sparks have been flying between my favorite data analysis language and my favorite programmer's Q & A site since long ago: R flirted with StackOverflow on September 10, 2008, 5 days before StackOverflow was even open to the public. R still hesitates to leave its original suitor, the loud and lively R-help mailing list, where

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Linear regression with correlated data

October 5, 2011
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I started following the debate on differential minimum wage for youth (15-19 year old) and adults in New Zealand. Eric Crampton has written a nice series of blog posts, making the data from Statistics New Zealand available. I will use … Continue reading →

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Slides and replay for "Backtesting FINRA’s Limit Up/Down Rules" available

October 5, 2011
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If you missed last week's webinar on using Revolution R and IBM Netezza to analyze the effectiveness of new rules intended to prevent another financial "Flash Crash", you can watch a replay by filling in this form. Once the replay begins, you can download the slides by clicking the "Download" button that appears below the media player. Revolution Analytics...

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