Monthly Archives: January 2012

BBBT Podcast with David Smith

January 24, 2012
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Last Friday I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to Boulder, CO and present R and Revolution Analytics to about 20 analysts as part of the Boulder BI Brain Trust (BBBT). It was a great pleasure to describe the vision for Revolution R Enterprise and got some great feedback from the particpants. During the event, I...

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It is "simply" the average value

January 24, 2012
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It is "simply" the average value

for some obscure reasons, simple things are usually supposed to be simple. Recently, on the internet, I saw a lot of posts on the "average time in which you hold a stock", and two rather different values are mentioned "Take any stock in the United ...

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CBC Reviews: Revolution R (in which this doesn’t go well)

January 24, 2012
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CBC Reviews: Revolution R (in which this doesn’t go well)

Update!: The latest version of Revolution R, which added support for RHEL 6, appears to work (it appears to at least install, run, and perform basic tasks). See this post for more details. I’ve come to enjoy using R. I had dabbled with it in the past, but found it painfully opaque, and the Effort:Reward

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Announcing boolean3 (beta)

January 24, 2012
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After entirely too long, I am happy to announce the beta release of boolean3, an R package for modeling causal complexity. The package can be downloaded at the following links: Unix/Linux: boolean3_3.0.20.tar.gz Windows: boolean3_3.0.20.zip (Please let me know if you have any … Continue reading →

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Interactive Graphics with the iplots Package (from “R in Action”)

January 24, 2012
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Interactive Graphics with the iplots Package (from “R in Action”)

(This article was first published on R-statistics blog » R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) The followings introductory post is intended for new users of R.  It deals with interactive visualization using R through the iplots package. This is a guest article by Dr. Robert I. Kabacoff, the founder of (one of) the first online R tutorials websites: Quick-R. Kabacoff has...

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Analyzing US Government Contract Awards in R

January 23, 2012
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Analyzing US Government Contract Awards in R

As I was exploring open data sources, I came across USA spending. This site contains information on US government contract awards and other disbursements, such as grants and loans. In this post, we will look at data on contracts awarded in the state of Maryland in the fiscal year 2011, which is available by selecting "Maryland"...

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ACT to SAT M+V Concordance Chart in R

January 23, 2012
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For those of who work in Enrollment Management and routinely analyze higher ed data, I wanted to share an easy way to convert ACT to equivalent SAT M+V scores in R. I am dynamically building a dataset that uses the concordance chart located here. Simply, use this data frame and merge it onto your existing

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New R User Group in Belgium

January 23, 2012
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RBelgium is the latest local R user group to join the R community. Led by R user Jean-Baptiste Poullet, the group will host meetings on the first Friday of each month at the Alfot Hotel in Brussels, as well as weekly coffee get-togethers. The group also provides an on-line discussion forum on statistics and applications with R. You can...

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Flight mapping in R

January 23, 2012
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Flight mapping in R

This map has been produced before (and much better) by others but who cares. This effort was achieved purely via the standard R plot function*. I believe the only departure from predecessor maps has been to order the list by … Continue reading →

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My first R package: parallel differential evolution

January 23, 2012
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My first R package: parallel differential evolution

Last night I was working on a difficult optimization problems, using the wonderful DEoptim package for R. Unfortunately, the optimization was taking a long time, so I thought I'd speed it up using a foreach loop, which resulted in the fo...

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