Monthly Archives: December 2011

How much is a shower?

December 29, 2011
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How much is a shower?

After looking at my heating expenses, I turned to the costs for water heating. For some time, I looked at my water meter before and after taking a shower or a bath. Quite often, I forgot one or the other measurement, but I collected about 40 observations. Here is what they look like:The data suggest that for a...

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New version of the Rcmdr package

December 29, 2011
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This is the massage sent by John Fox to the R-pkgs mailing list: Dear R users, I’d like to announce a new version, 1.8-1, of the Rcmdr package. The Rcmdr (“R Commander”) package provides a basic-statistics graphical user interface (GUI) to R, implemented in Tcl/Tk via the standard R tcltk package. Beyond small changes and additions, the new version of...

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Japan Stagnation Myth?

December 28, 2011
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Japan Stagnation Myth?

I came across this piece on The Atlantic website by Eamonn Fingleton arguing that Japan's two decade long stagnation is largely a myth. I'm not willing, just yet, to completely go along with his thesis that this myth has been stoked by the Japanes...

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Top Grossing Movies by Year (U.S.)

December 28, 2011
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Top Grossing Movies by Year (U.S.)

Description:Top grossing movie year by year, adjusted for inflation.Data:http://thenumbers.comAnalysis:This is a bit of an odd chart.  It only shows the total gross of the highest grossing movie for each year.  When adjusted for inflation, 'G...

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R-specific review of blog year 2011

December 28, 2011
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R-specific review of blog year 2011

Most popular posts Two of the ten most popular posts during the year were completely about R: The R Inferno revised (number 6) Solve your R problems (number 9) R played a role in the other eight top ten, and many of the rest of the posts as well. R The R Inferno was revised … Continue reading...

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Heating costs

December 28, 2011
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Heating costs

In 2010, my heating costs exceeded my advance payments by about 25%. This motivated me to decompose the costs to see what drove the changes. Here is the result:The numbers refer to Euros. Read von right to left: 2010 was a cold year (+102EUR), but gas consumption in this house was relatively low (–89EUR). Also, running costs and...

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Homicides in Mexico 2010

December 28, 2011
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Homicides in Mexico 2010

Recently the Mexican government released to the public the final homicide data for 2010, and as you can see from the chart Mexico has suffered from a steep rise in homicides since 2008, and in 2010 reached the highest homicide rate in recent history. The Mexican government had actually released preliminary homicide data...

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Rcpp 0.9.9

December 27, 2011
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Release 0.9.9 of Rcpp is now on CRAN and getting into Debian too. This is mainly a bug fix release: our addition of int64 support in 0.9.8 came at the expense of support for long and unsigned long which broke some packages using Rcpp, and expecting t...

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oro.nifti 0.3.1

December 27, 2011
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oro.nifti 0.3.1

The  package oro.nifti contains functions for the input/output and visualization of medical imaging data that follow either the ANALYZE, NIfTI or AFNI formats.  This package is part of the Rigorous Analytics bundle.Lightbox display of fu...

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Web scraping with Python – the dark side of data

December 27, 2011
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In searching for some information on web-scrapers, I found a great presentation given at Pycon in 2010 by Asheesh Laroia. I thought this might be a valuable resource for R users who are looking for ways to gather data from user-unfriendly websites. The...

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