Monthly Archives: June 2012

impacTwit : How big is your work on twitter?

June 29, 2012
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impacTwit : How big is your work on twitter?

There’s a great Tom Waits song from the album “Mule Variations” called “Big in Japan”. The beauty of saying you’re big in Japan is that no one can ever really verify the statement (or at least that was more true in 1999). You might assert “my work is big on twitter”, and hey, how would I know?...

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Use IUCN API with R & XPath

June 28, 2012
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Use IUCN API with R & XPath

Thanks to a posting on R-sig-eco mailing list I learned of the IUCN-API. Here's a simple example for what can be done with it (output as pdf is HERE):require(XML)require(maptools)require(jpeg)input = "panthera-uncia"h <- htmlParse(paste("http://api....

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Big Data Generalized Linear Models with Revolution R Enterprise

June 28, 2012
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Big Data Generalized Linear Models with Revolution R Enterprise

R''s glm function for generalized linear modeling is very powerful and flexible: it supports all of the standard model types (binomial/logistic, Gamma, Poisson, etc.) and in fact you can fit any distribution in the exponential family (with the family argument). But if you want to use it on a data set with millions or rows, and especially with more...

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Preparing Spectrum to import into "ChemoSpec"

June 28, 2012
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Preparing Spectrum to import into "ChemoSpec"

In this video I show I to prepare a spectrum to import later into ChemoSpec:The software I use gives the option to export the spectrum as a TXT file.This file is open with Excel and saved as CSV, to import later with others into ChemoSpec.

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Updating R but keeping your installed packages

June 28, 2012
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This is probably an issue that has been addressed by many blog posts (including these ones: and ), and can be deduced from R Installation and Administration manual. However, I will post it here for future reference. The problem is that w...

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Two tips: adding title for graph with multiple plots; add significance asterix onto a boxplot

June 28, 2012
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Two tips: adding title for graph with multiple plots; add significance asterix onto a boxplot

I've not added tips for a while. Here is it for today:1. How to add title for graph with multiple plots?par(mfrow=c(1,2),oma = c(0, 0, 2, 0))plot(1:10,  main="Plot 1")plot(1:100,  main="Plot 2")mtext("Title for Two Plots", outer = TRUE, cex =...

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When SAP HANA met R – Bring home your graphics

When SAP HANA met R – Bring home your graphics

A couple of days ago, I started to think about SAP HANA and R on Amazon Web Services...as far as I know, graphics can't get generated using this kind of integration because the graphic will get generated on the server and could not make the trip back i...

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Reminder: Next Kölner R User Meeting 6 July 2012

June 27, 2012
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Reminder: Next Kölner R User Meeting 6 July 2012

This post is a quick reminder that the next Cologne R user group meeting is only one week away. We will meet on 6 July 2012. The meeting will kick off at 18:00 with three short talks at the Institute of Sociology and will continue, even more informal, ...

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How do I Create the Identity Matrix in R?

June 27, 2012
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How do I Create the Identity Matrix in R?

I googled for this once upon a time and nothing came up. Hopefully this saves someone ten minutes of digging about in the documentation. You make identity matrices with the keyword diag, and the number of dimensions in parentheses. > diag(3) [,...

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Orbitz and the Macs: Signals, not segmentation

June 27, 2012
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By now you've probably heard about the fact that Orbitz users accessing the site via Macs are seeing more expensive hotel options when they search. But it seems worth clearing up a couple of fallacies. First, it's not as if the same hotel room is being offered at a higher prices to Mac users. (So no, using Windows to...

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