Monthly Archives: May 2012

Speeding up R with Intel’s Math Kernel Library (MKL)

May 2, 2012
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Speeding up R with Intel’s Math Kernel Library (MKL)

I did some comparisons of the generic BLAS with Intel's MKL (both sequential and parallel) on a Dell PowerEdge 610 server with dual hyperthreading 6-core 3.06GHz Xeon X5675 processors.  Here are the results from an R benchmarking script (Normal R ...

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2nd round of call for chapter proposals for book Data Mining Applications with R: due by 31 May

May 2, 2012
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2nd round of call for chapter proposals for book Data Mining Applications with R: due by 31 May

2nd CALL FOR CHAPTERS: proposals due by 31 May 2012 Data Mining Applications with R A book to be published by Elsevier http://www.RDataMining.com/books/book2 Introduction —————— R is one of the most widely used data mining tools in scientific and business … Continue reading →

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Measuring time series characteristics

May 2, 2012
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Measuring time series characteristics

A few years ago, I was working on a project where we measured various characteristics of a time series and used the information to determine what forecasting method to apply or how to cluster the time series into meaningful groups. The two main papers to come out of that project were: Wang, Smith and Hyndman (2006) Characteristic-​​based clustering for...

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Next Kölner R User Meeting: 6 July 2012

May 1, 2012
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Next Kölner R User Meeting: 6 July 2012

The next Cologne R user group meeting is scheduled for 6 July 2012. All details are available on the new KölnRUG Meetup site. Please sign up if you would like to come along, and notice that there is also pub poll for the after "work" drinks. Notes fr...

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A gallery view for Craigslist

May 1, 2012
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A gallery view for Craigslist

As much as I love Craigslist, I sometimes find the interface a bit limited. My biggest wish? That there was an option for showing the search results as an image gallery, like eBay has. This could prove quite useful for browsing things like antiques,...

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Mining for relations between nominal variables

May 1, 2012
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Mining for relations between nominal variables

The task today was to find what variables had significant relations with an important grouping variable in the big dataset I’ve been working with lately.  The grouping variable has 3 levels, and represents different behaviours of interest.  At first I … Continue reading →

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Playing with knitr: Create Report with Dynamic List

May 1, 2012
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Playing with knitr: Create Report with Dynamic List

Here is a little toy example using knitr, LaTeX/MiKTeX and Google Docs.Say you had a list on Google Docs (say a list of attendants) and you want to print a report with it..Then see this example using this Rnw-file and the output...make the tex-file wit...

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Google BigQuery and the Github Data Challenge

May 1, 2012
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Github has made data on its code repositories, developer updates, forks etc. from the public GitHub timeline available for analysis, and is offering prizes for the most interesting visualization of the data. Sounds like a great challenge for R programmers! The R language is currently the 26th most popular on GitHub (up from #29 in December), and it would...

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New R User Group in Cologne, Germany

May 1, 2012
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The latest local R user group to join the fold is the Köln R User Group, now the sixth R user group in Germany. Their first group meeting will be on July 6, with presentations on ANOVA, ggplot2 graphics in Deducer, and writing R code with Emacs's Org-mode. If you're in the Cologne area, this would be a great...

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NSF BIGDATA webinar

May 1, 2012
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If you're doing any kind of big data analysis - genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, bioinformatics - then unless you've been on vacation the last few weeks you've no doubt heard about the NSF/NIH BIGDATA  Initiative (here's the NSF solicitation...

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