Monthly Archives: June 2012

Announcing Revolution R Enterprise 6.0

June 5, 2012
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Revolution Analytics is proud to announce the latest update to our enhanced, production-grade distribution of R, Revolution R Enterprise. This update expands the range of supported computation platforms, adds new Big Data predictive models, and updates to the latest stable release of open source R (2.14.2), which improves performance of the R interpreter by about 30%. This release expands...

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NBA Playoff Predictions Update 3 (4-2)

June 5, 2012
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NBA Playoff Predictions Update 3 (4-2)

This is my third update to my original post on predicting the NBA playoffs with an algorithm. Here are updates 1 and 2. The algorithm correctly predicted a Boston win, but missed on the Spurs/Thunder game, so it is currently 4-2. Haven't had any time to update yet, so I will only be able to give you predictions for...

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Book Review: Parallel R

June 5, 2012
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Book Review: Parallel R

You have a problem: R is single-threaded, but your code would be faster if it could simultaneously run on more than one core.  You have access to a cluster and/or your computer has multiple cores.  Parallel R, by Q. Ethan McCallum and Stephen...

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intersect for multiple vectors in R

June 5, 2012
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Say you havea <- c(1,3,5,7,9)b <- c(3,6,8,9,10)c <- c(2,3,4,5,7,9)A straightforward way to do the job is:intersect(intersect(a,b),c)More cleverly, and more conveniently if you have a lot of arguments:Reduce(intersect, list(a,b,c))The Reduce fu...

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NBA Playoff Predictions Update 3 (4-2)

June 5, 2012
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NBA Playoff Predictions Update 3 (4-2)

This is my third update to my original post on predicting the NBA playoffs with an algorithm. Here are updates 1 and 2. The algorithm correctly predicted a Boston win, but missed on the Spurs/Thunder game, so it is currently 4-2. Haven't had any time ...

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UK house prices visualised with googleVis-0.2.16

June 5, 2012
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UK house prices visualised with googleVis-0.2.16

A new version of googleVis has been released on CRAN and the project site. Version 0.2.16 adds the functionality to plot quarterly and monthly data as a motion chart. To illustrate the new feature I looked for a quarterly data set and stumbled across t...

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Volatility Quantiles

June 4, 2012
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Volatility Quantiles

Today I want to examine the performance of stocks in the S&P 500 grouped into Quantiles based on one year historical Volatility. The idea is very simple: each week we will form Volatility Quantiles portfolios by grouping stocks in the S&P 500 into Quantiles using one year historical Volatility. Next we will backtest each portfolio

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Applications of R in Government

June 4, 2012
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Following the announcement of the US Government Big Data Initiative, I was asked to write a small article about applications of R in government. The article has just appeared in Government Security News (and I believe will appear in their daily newsletter tomorrow). In the article, I highlighted several R applications that been highlighted here in the blog: In...

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Download and parse EDHEC hedge fund indexes

June 4, 2012
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Download and parse EDHEC hedge fund indexes

In our pre-conference workshop, Brian Peterson and I worked with the EDHEC hedge fund indexes as a way to demonstrate how to use PortfolioAnalytics within the context of long-term allocation problems. Although they are not investible, these indexes are probably more representative than most given that they are, in fact, meta-indexes. Other indexes might be

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Longevity and mortality dynamics with R

June 4, 2012
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Longevity and mortality dynamics with R

Following the previous post on life contingencies and actuarial models in life insurance, I upload additional material for the short course at the 6th R/Rmetrics Meielisalp Workshop & Summer School on Computational Finance and Financial Engineering organized by ETH Zürich, https://www.rmetrics.org/. The second part of the talk (on Actuarial models with R) will be dedicated to longevity and mortality. A complete...

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