Monthly Archives: May 2012

A simple example of parallel computing on a Windows (and also Mac) machine

May 8, 2012
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A simple example of parallel computing on a Windows (and also Mac) machine

by Yanchang Zhao, RDataMining.com With a Mac, parallel computing can be achieved with package multicore. Unfortunately, it does not work under Windows. A simple way for parallel computing under Windows (and also Mac) is using package snowfall, which can work … Continue reading →

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Mapping US Radiation Levels in R

May 8, 2012
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Mapping US Radiation Levels in R

I have posted previously about the open data available on Socrata (https://opendata.socrata.com/), and I was looking at the site again today when I stumbled upon a listing of levels of various radioactive isotopes by US city and state. The data is available at https://opendata.socrata.com/Government/Sorted-RadNet-Laboratory-Analysis/w9fb-tgv6 . You will need to click export, and then download it as a csv. ...

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Learn formatR in Two Minutes

May 8, 2012
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Anthony made a video tutorial on how to use the formatR package, which I think is pretty cool: I wish I could speak English as fast as him...

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Loading and/or Installing Packages Programmatically

May 7, 2012
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In R, the traditional way to load packages can sometimes lead to situations where several lines of code need to be written just to load packages. These lines can cause errors if the packages are not installed, and can also be hard to maintain, particularly during deployment. Fortunately, there is a way to create a function in R that...

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Cross Sectional Correlation

May 7, 2012
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Cross Sectional Correlation

Diversification is hard to find nowadays because financial markets are becoming increasingly correlated. I found a good visually presentation of Cross Sectional Correlation of stocks in the S&P 500 index in the Trading correlation by D. Varadi and C. Rittenhouse article. Let’s compute and plot the average correlation among stocks in the S&P 500 index

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The hockeystick revisited

May 7, 2012
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The hockeystick revisited

Previous posts: Correlation of temperature proxies with observations The “best” proxies for temperature reconstruction Okay, I couldn’t resist. I wanted to provide some more in depth analysis of temperature proxies, but I just went ahead and did my own little reconstruction of Northern hemisphere annual average temperatures over the past millenium using McShane et al.‘s

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relevant, revised, & resubmitted

May 7, 2012
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relevant, revised, & resubmitted

We have now completed our revision of the paper Relevant statistics for Bayesian model choice, written with Judith Rousseau, Jean-Michel Marin, and Natesh Pillai. It has been resubmitted to Series B and reposted on arXiv. The major change in the paper is the inclusion of a check about the relevance of a given summary statistics,

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useR! 2012 – DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING!

May 7, 2012
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useR! 2012 – DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING!

DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING – 8th Annual International R User Conference useR! 2012, Nashville, Tennessee USA Registration Deadlines: Early Registration: Passed Regular Registration: Mar 1- May 12 Late Registration: May 13 – June 4 On-Site Registration: June 12 – June 15 Please note: Nashville is offering several large entertainment events the month of June, and hotels are quickly selling out....

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Thursday: Tweet-chat on Multiple Sclerosis research

May 7, 2012
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The story about the great work that SUNY Buffalo has been doing to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis with Revolution R Enterprise and IBM Netezza has generated a lot of attention, with stories in Forbes, InformationWeek and eWeek (amongst others). To continue the discussion, IBM has put together a panel for a "Tweet Chat" on Thursday (May 10)...

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Multiplicative effects in sensory panel data

May 7, 2012
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Multiplicative effects in sensory panel data

In a previous post I used JAGS to build the Bayesian equivalent of a two-way ANOVA. Effects were determined of products, panelists and their interaction. In this post this model will be rebuild to provide a more simplified and advanced model. The inter...

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