Monthly Archives: February 2012

Successful Two Day Workshop at UNC-Chapel Hill

This week the Odum Institute at UNC held a two day short course on text classification with RTextTools. The workshop, led by Loren Collingwood, covered the basics of content analysis, supervised learning and text classification, introduction to R, and how to use RTextTools. Participants brought in their own data on the second day, which the instructor helped them classify....

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Analyzing Twitter Data in R – Part 1

February 8, 2012
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I recently began using the TwitteR package in R to examine my tweeting patterns. One of my first projects was to identify each of my Twitter followers, where they were located, how many tweets they had, and then plot their location on a map using a bubble which was related to their total number of

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Movie Recommendations and More via MapReduce and Scalding

February 8, 2012
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Movie Recommendations and More via MapReduce and Scalding

Scalding is an in-house MapReduce framework that Twitter recently open-sourced. Like Pig, it provides an abstraction on top of MapReduce that makes it easy to write big data jobs in a syntax that’s simple and concise. Unlike Pig, Scalding is written in pure Scala – which means all the power of Scala and the JVM is already built-in....

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Trust in the EU and National Parliaments

February 8, 2012
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Trust in the EU and National Parliaments

I have been playing around with some data from Eurobarometer, to support some arguments for a small comment I am writing for the Maastricht Law Review. I got the data for the following two questions: I would like to ask you a question about how much ...

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What is the Potential Audience Size for a Hashtag Community?

February 8, 2012
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What is the Potential Audience Size for a Hashtag Community?

What’s the potential audience size around a Twitter hashtag? Way back when, in the early days of webs stats, reported figures tended to centre around the notion of hits, the number of calls made to a server via website activity. I forget the details, but the metric was presumably generated from server logs. This measure

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Oracle’s strange understanding of R users

February 8, 2012
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After reading David Smith’s tweet on the price of Oracle R Enterprise (actually free, but it requires Oracle Data Mining at $23K/core as pointed out by Joshua Ulrich.) I went to Oracle’s site to see what was all about. Oracle … Continue reading →

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discrimination between CpG islands and random sequences using Markov chains

February 8, 2012
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discrimination between CpG islands and random sequences using Markov chains

Major part of modern research is trying to find patterns in the given dataset using learning methods. One of the methods that can use a priori information for such purpose is Markov chains, in which the probability of symbol occurrence … Continue reading →

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Revolution R update adds Red Hat 6 support

February 8, 2012
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The Dev Team at Revolution Analytics recently released an update to the Revolution R 5 family. Version 5.0.1 adds compatibility with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 for all editions (Community, Academic and Enterprise). This expands the platform support to Red Hat 5, Red Hat 6 and Microsoft Windows. For Revolution R Enterprise customers and users of the free Academic...

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"R": PLS Regression (Gasoline) – 005

February 8, 2012
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"R": PLS Regression (Gasoline) – 005

Let´s see know how to plot the scores for the 3 PLS Components:  We can see the explained variance from each component in the diagonal.We can get it from R with:> explvar(gas1)   Comp 1      Comp 2  &nbs...

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Zero rates with futile.paradigm

February 8, 2012
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Zero rates with futile.paradigm

Here’s a short example of calculating zero rates and discount factors from cash rates using futile.paradigm. Of note is how …Continue reading »

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