# Monthly Archives: January 2012

## Announcing the winners of the Applications of R in Business contest

January 25, 2012
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It's with great pleasure that the team at Revolution Analytics announces the winners of the inaugural "Applications of R in Business" contest: Grand Prize ($10,000): Shannon Terry and Ben Ogorek, Nationwide Insurance for 'A Direct Marketing In-flight Forecasting System' Runner Up Prize ($5,000): Jeffrey Breen, Atmosphere Research Group for 'Mining Twitter for Airline Consumer Sentiment' Congratulations to both winners,...

## Random matrix theory and APT’s daily global model

January 25, 2012
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Someone emailed me recently and asked about how APT uses random matrix theory in their factor model. Another question I …Continue reading »

## ABC [PhD] course

January 25, 2012
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As mentioned in the latest post on ABC, I am giving a short doctoral course on ABC methods and convergence at CREST next week. I have now made a preliminary collection of my slides (plus a few from Jean-Michel Marin’s), available on slideshare (as ABC in Roma, because I am also giving the course in

## ESPN Prediction Performance for the NFL

January 25, 2012
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Description:ESPN 'experts' predict the National Football League wins/losses each week.  The above chart shows the percentage of their correct guesses and an overall trend, week by week.Data:http://espn.go.com/nfl/picksAnalysis:The graph shows an i...

## RStudio v0.95 Released

January 25, 2012
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The final version of RStudio v0.95 is now available for download from our website (thanks to everyone who put the preview release through its paces over the last couple of weeks!). Highlights of the new release include: Projects — A new system for managing R projects that enables easy switching between working directories and per-project contexts

## RStudio does not start when using a R version built from source

January 25, 2012
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Because I do not have root privileges on some of the machines I use, I build part of my software from source and install it into my own homedirectory. Doing that requires one to download R from CRAN, e.g. R… See more ›

## A wordcloud comparison of the 2011 and 2012 #SOTU

January 24, 2012
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I wrote a quick (and very dirty) R script for creating a comparison cloud and a commonality cloud for President Obama’s 2011 and 2012 State of the Union speeches*. The cloud on the left shows words that have different frequencies between the two spe...

## Project Euler in R: Problem 25

January 24, 2012
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Solutions in R to Project Euler problems are generally hard to find, so I've recently started posting R solutions on this site.  Here are the previous problems: problem 22, problem 23 and problem 24Now let's...

## R Appears Among Top 20 Programming Languages

January 24, 2012
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Speaking of R… On the 16th, TIOBE Software released the Tiobe Index of the most popular programming languages. For the first time ever, R is in the Top 20. The top spots are, no surprise, occupied by Java and C respectively. More after the jump. The way this index is assembled is…interesting. The full way