Monthly Archives: April 2012

Puzzle: A path through pairs making squares

April 23, 2012
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Puzzle: A path through pairs making squares

Ted Harding posed an interesting puzzle challenge on the r-help mailing list recently. Here's the puzzle: Take the numbers 1, 2, 3, etc. up to 17. Can you write out all seventeen numbers in a line so that every pair of numbers that are next to each other, adds up to give a square number? You can figure out...

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Tuning GAMBoost

April 23, 2012
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Tuning GAMBoost

This post describes some of the simulation results which I obtained with the GAMBoost package. The aim of these simulations is to get a feel what I should tune and what I should not tune with GAMBoost. SetupIn the GAMBoost package one can tune qui...

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Example 9.28: creating datasets from tables

April 23, 2012
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Example 9.28: creating datasets from tables

RThere are often times when it is useful to create an individual level dataset from aggregated data (such as a table). While this can be done using the expand.table() function within the epitools package, it is also straightforward to do directly within R.Imagine that instead of the individual level data, we had only the 2x2 table for the...

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Quantitative palaeolimnology: my book chapters are finally out!

April 23, 2012
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Quantitative palaeolimnology: my book chapters are finally out!

Today I received confirmation that the delayed fifth volume in the Developments in Palaeoenvironmental Research series has been published. The book is titled Data Handling and Numerical methods, though it covers more of the latter and, IMHO, is far more interesting than … Continue reading →

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Updates to the Emacs Starter Kit for the Social Sciences

April 23, 2012
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I've made some updates to the Emacs Starter Kit for the Social Sciences. The kit builds on Phil Hagelberg's original and Eric Schulte's org-mode version, and incorporates some packages and settings that are particularly useful for the social sciences. ...

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Probit/Logit Marginal Effects in R

April 23, 2012
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Probit/Logit Marginal Effects in R

The common approach to estimating a binary dependent variable regression model is to use either the logit or probit model. Both are forms of generalized linear models (GLMs), which can be seen as modified linear regressions that allow the dependent variable to originate from non-normal distributions. The coefficients in a linear regression model are marginal

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A variance campaign that failed

April 23, 2012
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A variance campaign that failed

they ought at least be allowed to state why they didn’t do anything and also to explain the process by which they didn’t do anything. First blush One of the nice things about R is that new statistical techniques fall into it.  One such is the glasso (related to the statistical lasso) which converts degenerate … Continue reading...

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Visualising the Path of a Genetic Algorithm

April 23, 2012
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Visualising the Path of a Genetic Algorithm

We quite regularly use genetic algorithms to optimise over the ad-hoc functions we develop when trying to solve problems in applied mathematics. However it’s a bit disconcerting to have your algorithm roam through a high dimensional solution space while not being able to picture what it’s doing or how close one solution is to another. … Continue reading...

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Quantitative palaeolimnology: my book chapters are finally out!

April 23, 2012
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Quantitative palaeolimnology: my book chapters are finally out!

Today I received confirmation that the delayed fifth volume in the Developments in Palaeoenvironmental Research series has been published. The book is titled Data Handling and Numerical methods, though it covers more of the latter and, IMHO, is far more interesting than the dry title would suggest (who gets excited by Data Handling? Well, one or two people perhaps...

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Intraday Backtest

April 22, 2012
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Intraday Backtest

I came across a free source of Intraday Forex data while reading Forex Trading with R : Part 1 post. You can download either Daily or Hourly historical Forex data from the FXHISTORICALDATA.COM. The outline of this post: Download and Import Forex data Reference and Plot Intraday data Daily Backtest Intraday Backtest First,I created a

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