Monthly Archives: October 2011

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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Hot Spot Mapping in R: Illustrating Relative Seasonal Risk

October 5, 2011
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Hot Spot Mapping in R: Illustrating Relative Seasonal Risk

In recent months, IDV has taken steps to incorporate the powerful statistical engine, R, as a viable connection to Visual Fusion.  R has a robust and growing set of libraries and a community that is constantly thumping away on improvements.  ...

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Calling Google Maps API from R

October 5, 2011
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Calling Google Maps API from R

Hi, Related to Julyan’s previous post, I want to share an easy way to access Google Maps API through R. And then we’ll stop about Google, otherwise it’ll look like we’re just looking for jobs. My problem was the following: … Continue reading →

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New release with Batch processing

October 5, 2011
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This week we rolled out a new release at cloudnumbers.com which implements two new main features: cloudnumbers.com now supports Batch processing. Due to some changes in the architecture we were able to reduce our system requirements. In detail, we do not need that much open ports in your firewall. Please check our updated System Requirements

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Modelling with R: part 3

October 5, 2011
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The previous posts, part 1 and part 2, detailed the procedure to successfully import the data and transform the data so that we can extract some useful information from them. Now it's time to get our hands dirty with some predictive modelling.The dependent variable here is a binary variable taking values "0" and "1", indicating whether the customer...

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Drawing maps using shapefiles and R

October 4, 2011
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Drawing maps using shapefiles and R

Sometimes a student may use a self explained chart, instead of a boring table for showing outcomes in a research paper. Yet, graphs are efficient in showing the broad picture of an issue and also for present results. In political science, you can getting into this topic reading Kastellec and Leoni (2007), for instance. I

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Interactive charts with googleVis package and R

October 4, 2011
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Interactive charts with googleVis package and R

Examples at the link below illustrate interactive charts created with the googleVis package and R. http://code.google.com/p/google-motion-charts-with-r/wiki/GadgetExamples Some amazing features are: a motion chart shows the changes over time, an AnnotatedTimeLine shows zoom-in/zoom-out view of time series, a TreeMap supports drill-down … Continue reading →

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