Monthly Archives: December 2011

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

December 4, 2011
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Given that there are almost 13 million views of Steve Jobs’ commencement address, I am certain that I missed this video when it went viral. I am glad that I did not see it until now because I may not have appreciated his words of wisdom. And although...

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Improved Moving Average?

December 4, 2011
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Improved Moving Average?

When @quantfblog started following me on Twitter, I was delighted to discover their papers Papailias, Fotis and Thomakos, Dimitrios D., An Improved Moving Average Technical Trading Rule (September 11, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract...

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Introducing Biostatistics to first year LCG students

December 4, 2011
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Introducing Biostatistics to first year LCG students

Around two weeks ago I gave a talk via skype to the first year students from the Undergraduate Program on Genomic Sciences (LCG in Spanish) from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM in Spanish). The talk was under the context of the Introduction to Bioinformatics Seminar Series whose goal is to familiarize the new students with the bioinformatics...

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Non-PD Matrices in R, Cont.

December 3, 2011
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Let me preface this post by saying I am getting frustrated with R.  The syntax is not intuitive and the performance for matrix operations is slow.  Using Octave, a free Matlab clone, I can get over 6 Gflops on things that R is doing at less than 2.  After this post, I will focus on the statistical functions of R...

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Visualizing Unemployment Data

December 3, 2011
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Visualizing Unemployment Data

So recently Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Oct. 2011 unemployment data. This is not a discussion of it’s validity nor it’s impact, but it is a post on how to visualize it. This post is also for my posterity, I’ve wanted to be able to do this for a while, and it’ll serve as

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On the (statistical) road, workshops and R

December 3, 2011
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On the (statistical) road, workshops and R

Things have been a bit quiet at Quantum Forest during the last ten days. Last Monday (Sunday for most readers) I flew to Australia to attend a couple of one-day workshops; one on spatial analysis (in Sydney) and another one … Continue reading →

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Comparing model selection methods

December 2, 2011
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Comparing model selection methods

The standard textbook analysis of different model selection methods, like cross-validation or validation sample, focus on their ability to estimate in-sample, conditional or expected test error. However, the other interesting question is to compare the...

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O’Reilly’s Data Science Kit – Books

December 2, 2011
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O’Reilly’s Data Science Kit – Books

It is not as if I don't have enough books (and material on the web) to read. But this list compiled by the O'Reilly team should make any data analyst salivate.http://shop.oreilly.com/category/deals/data-science-kit.doThe Books and Video included in the...

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Easy cell statistics for factorial designs

December 2, 2011
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Easy cell statistics for factorial designs

A common task when analyzing multi-group designs is obtaining descriptive statistics for various cells and cell combinations. There are many functions that can help you accomplish this, including aggregate() and by() in the base installation, summaryBy() in the doBy package, and … Continue reading →

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Applications of R in Business Contest: Final Entries

December 2, 2011
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The revision period for the Applications of R in Business Contest is now at a close, and the competitors have finalized their entries for a chance at $20,000 in prizes from Revolution Analytics. We're now in the judging phase, where the finalists will be rated on applicability to business, innovation and persuasiveness by an independent panel of judges from...

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