Monthly Archives: January 2012

Experimenting With iGraph – and a Hint Towards Ways of Measuring Engagement?

January 27, 2012
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Experimenting With iGraph – and a Hint Towards Ways of Measuring Engagement?

For fear of being left way behind as Martin Hawksey starts to get to grips with R, (see for example how he’s using R to automate the annotation of Google Spreadsheets with calculations that don’t come readily or efficiently to hand in Google Spreadsheets itself), I thought I better try to get to grips with

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New R User Group in Cleveland

January 27, 2012
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Another new local R user group has just started up, this time in Cleveland, OH. The Cleveland R User Group is the brainchild of R user Nicholas Hermez, and their first meeting on February 22 is a get-together to plan future topics, presenters and venues. If you're in the Cleveland area why not drop by and contribute your ideas?...

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RStudio, BibTex, and LaTeX

January 27, 2012
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I was having a little trouble getting RStudio to process BibTex entries and compile a LaTeX file. Bumping around on the great RStudio help forum, I found this entry, which pointed me in the direction. I needed to set a system environment variable in R ...

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Scraping Flora of North America

January 27, 2012
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So Flora of North America is an awesome collection of taxonomic information for plants across the continent. However, the information within is not easily machine readable. So, a little web scraping is called for. rfna is an R package to collect inf...

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Parallel R Model Prediction Building and Analytics

January 26, 2012
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Modifying R code to run in parallel can lead to huge performance gains. Although a significant amount of code can easily be run in parallel, there are some learning techniques, such as the Support Vector Machine, that cannot be easily parallelized. However, there is an often overlooked way to speed up these and other models. It...

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Text Mining and The Danish Immigration Debate

January 26, 2012
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Text Mining and The Danish Immigration Debate

I have for a while now wanted to learn how to do text mining in R. I have played a bit around with the tm package before, but nothing really serious. Being a Danish expat that might soon move back to Denmark with a Swiss girlfriend and child, the Dani...

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Filtering a list with the Filter higher-order function

January 26, 2012
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Last week markbulling over at Drunks & Lampposts posted a method of using sapply to filter a list by a predicate. Today the @RLangTip tip of the day was to use sapply similarly. This made makes me wonder if R‘s … Continue reading →

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Social Media Interest Maps of Newsnight and BBCQT Twitterers

January 26, 2012
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Social Media Interest Maps of Newsnight and BBCQT Twitterers

I grabbed independent samples of 1500 recent users of the #newsnight and #bbcqt hashtags within a minute or two of each other about half an hour ago. Here’s who’s followed by 25 or more of the recent hashtaggers in each case. Can you distinguish the programmes each audience interest projection map relates to? Here’s the

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All I Don’t Know About Surveys

January 26, 2012
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All I Don’t Know About Surveys

I believe my survey experiment Survey Time illustrated later in this post and in Google’s Visualization of Survey Responses mainly pointed out how ignorant I am about the very complicated science of surveying from building the survey to the visualiza...

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SAS Macro Simplifies SAS and R integration

January 26, 2012
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SAS Macro Simplifies SAS and R integration

Many of us feel very enthusiastic about R. It's free, it features cutting edge applications, it has a large community of users contributing for mutual benefit, and on and on. There are also many things to like about SAS, including stability, backwards...

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