Monthly Archives: November 2011

rOpenSci is a runner-up in the Mendeley Binary Battle!

November 30, 2011
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We just got word that rOpenSci was a runner-up in the first Binary Battle!  Thank you for all the support so far! We entered two of our packages for integrating with PLoS Journals (rplos) and Mendeley (RMendeley) in the Mendeley-PLoS Binary Battle.  Get them at GitHub (rplos; RMendeley). These two packages allow users to search and retrieve

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GUI for sending email in R (using sendEmail)

November 30, 2011
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GUI for sending email in R (using sendEmail)

After writing the last post on using sendEmail to send email from R I decided to create a simple GUI to enable this functionality. A snapshot image of the GUI is shown above. To use this GUI, you will need to install the following packages in R: gWidgets gWidgetsRGtk2 Windows GTK Bundle More information on

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Alpha decay in portfolios

November 30, 2011
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Alpha decay in portfolios

How does the effect of our expected returns change over time?  This is not academic  curiosity, we want to know in the context of our portfolio if we can.  And we can — we visualize the effect of expected returns in situ. First step The idea is to look at the returns of portfolios that … Continue reading...

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Job Satisfaction in England – GGPlot #2

November 29, 2011
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Job Satisfaction in England – GGPlot #2

I’ve recently been scouring the internet for a public opinion data set pertaining to job satisfaction. I was particularly interested in examining how gender, age, and socio-economic status influence how satisfied an individual is with their current employment situation. For example, existing research suggests that women and private-sector employees tend to have higher levels of

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The art of R programming

November 29, 2011
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The art of R programming

This is a gem of a book. It will become the book I give PhD students when they are learning how to write good R code. That is, if I ever see it again. I had hoped to write a review of it, but I haven’t seen it since it arrived in the mail a

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Learning R as a language

November 29, 2011
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Learning R as a language

Books written to teach a general purpose programming language are usually organized according to the features of the language and examples often show how a particular language feature is interpreted by a compiler. Books about domain specific languages are usually organized in a way that makes sense in the corresponding application domain and examples usually

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Ulam Spirals in R and ggplot

November 29, 2011
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Ulam Spirals in R and ggplot

Having seen a twitter post speed by about Ulam Spirals I started to read up.  As the story goes in 1963 Stanislaw Ulam was bored at conference and started scribbling numbers in a spiral. What he discovered was a strange diaginal pattern of Prime Nu...

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Clearning up the sqldf confusion

November 29, 2011
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Apparently I have issues with my reading comprehension and with Textmate (initially) when it comes to using the sqldf package. G. pointed out in the previous comments, I could have just used options(gsubfn.engine = "R") instead of going through the trouble of installing the tcltk binaries. If you’ve got a happy distribution of R that

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RcppArmadillo 0.2.31

November 29, 2011
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Conrad Sanderson just released the second pre-release 2.3.92 of what will be Armadillo 2.4.*. This is now in RcppArmadillo release 0.2.31 which is already on CRAN as of this morning.The NEWS entries summarising the changes for both a...

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R still the preferred tool of predictive modelers competing at Kaggle

November 29, 2011
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R still the preferred tool of predictive modelers competing at Kaggle

As reported on the Kaggle blog No Free Hunch, R remains the preferred tool for data scientists seeking to win the prizes in the predictive modeling competitions: More than 30% of Kaggle competitors report using R for their analysis, up from 22% a year ago. R's flexibility and the breadth of packages for machine learning and predictive modeling make...

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