Monthly Archives: April 2012

Correlation of temperature proxies with observations

April 28, 2012
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Correlation of temperature proxies with observations

The climate change debate focuses mainly around the assumption that the annual global mean temperatures of the past few decades have been the highest in the past millenium. How do we know what the annual global mean temperature was in the year, say, 1351 AD? The answer is: Through temperature proxies. Such proxies include tree

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R equivalents to SAS and SPSS procedures

April 27, 2012
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With more than 5,000 R packages now available (from the CRAN and BioConductor repositories), for any statistical or data analysis procedure you can confidently say, "there's a package for that". To make it easier for SAS and SPSS users to find what they need in R, Bob Muenchen has updated his useful table of equivalent R packages for SAS...

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Sage Bionetworks Synapse

April 27, 2012
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Sage Bionetworks Synapse

Michael Kellen, Director of Technology at Sage Bionetworks, is trying to build a GitHub for science. It's called Synapse and Kellen described it in a talk at the Sage Bionetworks Commons Congress 2012, this past weekend: 'Synapse' Pilot for Building an...

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The Best Statistical Programming Language is …Javascript?

April 27, 2012
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R-Bloggers has recently been buzzing about Julia, the new kid on the statistical programming block. Julia, however, is hardly the sole contender for the market of R defectors, with Clojure-fork Incanter generating buzz as well. Even with these two making noise, I think there’s a huge point that everyone is missing, and it’s front-and-center on

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An academic programming language paper about R

April 27, 2012
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An academic programming language paper about R

The R language has passed another milestone, a paper aimed at the academic programming language community (or at least one section of this community) has been written about it, Evaluating the Design of the R Language by Morandat, Hill, Osvald and Vitek. Hardly earth shattering news, but it may have some impact on how R

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R Workshop: Reproducible Research using Sweave for Beginers

April 27, 2012
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R Workshop: Reproducible Research using Sweave for Beginers

Monday, April 30, 2012  14h-16h. Stewart Biology Rm w6/12 (Montreal) guRu: Denis Haine (Université de Montréal) Topics Reproducible research was first coined by Pr. Jon Claerbout, professor of geophysics at Stanford University, to describe that the results from researches can be replicated by other scientists by making available data, procedures, materials and the computational environment

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How to download complete XML records from PubMed and extract data

April 27, 2012
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How to download complete XML records from PubMed and extract data

Yesterday I wrote an article that looked at the top 20 Cognitive Behavior Therapy journals with the most publications; today I will explain how I did it with R.

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A Bayesian Consumption Function

April 27, 2012
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A Bayesian Consumption Function

What the title of this post is supposed to mean is: "Estimating a simple aggregate consumption function using Bayesian regression analysis".In a recent post I mentioned my long-standing interest in Bayesian Econometrics. When I teach this material I usually include a simple application that involves estimating a consumption function using U.S. time-series data. I used to have...

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Real Time Structural Break

April 27, 2012
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Real Time Structural Break

Yesterday as I played with bfast I kept thinking “Yes, but this is all in hindsight.  How can I potentially use this in a system?”  Fortunately, one of the fine authors very generously commented on my post Structural Breaks (Bull or Bear?...

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Measuring user retention using cohort analysis with R

April 27, 2012
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Measuring user retention using cohort analysis with R

Cohort analysis is super important if you want to know if your service is in fact a leaky bucket despite nice growth of absolute numbers. There’s a good write up on that subject “Cohorts, Retention, Churn, ARPU” by Matt Johnson. So how to do it using R and how to visualize it. Inspired by examples

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