This week I reimplemented part of Conic Sections 1 model from NetLogo. In the model turtles seek to to be in target distance from center.My code takes only one center point, so only circles can be obtained. Apart from turtle location plot giv...

Few years ago, a newspaper claimed the block I live in — Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin — is the most fertile region in Europe. It was a hoax, as this (German) newspaper article points out. (The article has become quite famous because it coined the term Bionade Biedermeier to describe the life style in this area.)However,...

If you live in Paris and are interested in R, there will be two meetings for you this week. First a Semin-R session, organized at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle on Tuesday 7 Feb (too bad, the Museum is closed on Tuesdays). Presentations will be about colors, phylogenies and maps, while I will speak about

The gasoline data set has the spectra of 60 samples acquired by diffuse reflectance from 900 to 1700 nm. We saw how to plot the spectra in the previous post.Now, following the tutorial of Bjorn-Helge Mevik published in "R-News Volume 6/3, August 2006", we will do the PLS regression:gas1 <- plsr(octane~NIR, ncomp = 10,data = gasoline, validation...

Erik Sigur, Information Technologist for the Department of Statistics and Probability at Michigan State University, writes at ReadWriteWeb about using Revolution R Enterprise to provide high-performance computation in R to the researchers in his department: Our search for a more effective version of R ultimately brought us to a product called Revolution R Enterprise by Revolution Analytics, which provides...

(Almost) every introductory course in probability introduces conditional probability using the famous Monte Hall problem. In a nutshell, the problem is one of deciding on a best strategy in a simple game. In the game, the contestant is asked to select one of three doors. Behind one of the doors is a great prize (free

Haydn Shaughnessy at The Forbes blog provides a list of the "Top 20 Influencers in Big Data", and I'm humbled to report that yours truly is listed there at #2. It's an instantaneous ranking based on the social-media tracking tool Traakr, but it's still great to be listed alongside writers for SiliconAngle, GigaOM, and KDNuggets (and even Mashable!). I...

It's awesome to see so many local R user groups kicking off in 2011! Yet another is the Austin R User Group in Austin, Texas. They've already held their first informal get-together, and the first formal meeting on February 23 will be devoted to data management techniques in R. Props to Sandy Donlon for organizing the group! And I'm...

I'm working on some really interesting stuff at the moment, the details of which I can't discuss for reasons of national security (not really). However, one of the things I've been doing a lot of is searching though lots of different combina...