Monthly Archives: June 2012

PLoS topic page on ABC

June 6, 2012
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PLoS topic page on ABC

A few more comments on the specific entry on ABC written by Mikael Sunnåker et al…. The entry starts with the representation of the posterior probability of an hypothesis, rather than with the posterior density of a model parameter, which seems to lead the novice reader astray. After all, (a) ABC was not introduced for

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Load Packages Automatically in RStudio

June 6, 2012
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Load Packages Automatically in RStudio

I recently finished a long stretch of work on a particular project that required me to draw upon four R packages.  Each time I got back to my work on the project, I’d have to load the packages manually, as … Continue reading →

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Poverty Incidence in the Philippines

June 6, 2012
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Poverty Incidence in the Philippines

Every three (3) years, the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) publish data on provincial poverty incidence in the Philippines. Using R, I put the tabulated poverty incidence data into maps to check pattern and changes on the country's pr...

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Improving Monitor statistics with the "UECLs"

June 6, 2012
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Improving Monitor statistics with the "UECLs"

New Monitor Video:Improving Monitor statistics with the "UECLs"

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Simulating the Birthday Problem with data derived probabilities

June 6, 2012
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Simulating the Birthday Problem with data derived probabilities

You've probably heard of the Birthday Paradox: it only takes a small gathering of people before it's quite likely that two of them share the same birthday. You can solve the problem analytically or with simulation, but usually in either case simplifying assumptions are made (no-one born on February 29, for example). Joe Rickert uses Revolution R Enterprise 6...

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Body Weight in the United States – Part 1, "The Problem"

June 6, 2012
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Body Weight in the United States – Part 1, "The Problem"

The Problem In the United States, people are getting fatter and they are doing so at an alarming rate. So What? Being fat isn't just a social stigma - it's unhealthy in nearly every facet of life. Staying in this condition brings high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma and arthritis to name...

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Claims reserving and IBNR with R

June 6, 2012
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Claims reserving and IBNR with R

Following previous posts on life contingencies and longevity and mortality models, I upload additional material for the short course at the 6th R/Rmetrics Meielisalp Workshop & Summer School on Computational Finance and Financial Engineeri...

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Let’s Party!

June 6, 2012
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Let’s Party!

Exploring whether regression coefficients differ between groups is an important part of applied econometric research, and particularly for research with a policy based objective. For example, a government in a developing country may decide to introduce free school lunches in an effort to improve childhood health. However, if this treatment is known to only improve

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Project Euler — problem 7

June 6, 2012
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Prime is the core of number theory. Here is an introduction of prime number on Wikipedia. I could only understand roughly half of it. Now, let’s look at the seventh problem of Project Euler, which is another about prime number.  By listing the first six prime numbers: 2, 3, … Continue reading →

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2 min HOWTO in R

June 6, 2012
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Lots of short videos on how to do several things in R.

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