Monthly Archives: August 2012

For the Stupid Password Rules at Iowa State

August 7, 2012
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The Fall semester is coming, which means it is time to log into several stupid systems to be prepared for the new semester. Time and time again I'm annoyed by the bullshit password rules at Iowa State University. I wrote to the IT staff once but no one...

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The New 60/40

August 6, 2012
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The New 60/40

I want to share a brilliant idea and a great example from the You’re Looking at the Wrong Number post at the GestaltU blog. Today, I will focus on the section of this post that outlines simple steps to improve a typical 60/40 stock/bond portfolio by using risk allocation instead of dollar allocation, and targeting

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Careless comparison bites back (again)

August 6, 2012
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Careless comparison bites back (again)

When running stats labs I like to allocate a slightly different subset of data to each student, which acts as an incentive for people to do their own work (rather than copying the same results from a fellow student). We … Continue reading →

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Vim-R-plugin: Installation

August 6, 2012
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Vim-R-plugin: Installation

On Ubuntu 12.04, I took to the following steps to install Vim-R-plugin: First I had to install timux: sudo apt-get installl tmux Having already installed vim-pathogen, I used git to clone to install vim-r-plugin and vim-screen plugin, which is also … Continue reading →

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A bunch of R (and JAGS) scripts

August 6, 2012
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A bunch of R (and JAGS) scripts

I finally (nearly) got around to prepare the R code to replicate the examples in the book. I divided the examples by chapter and then linked to the R scripts and, for those involving Bayesian analysis, the associated JAGS models.At the moment, the scri...

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Predicting the 100m sprint: results

August 6, 2012
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Last week, Markus Gesmann used a log-linear model in R to predict the Olympic gold-medal winning 100m sprint time to be 9.68 seconds. The actual time was 9.63 seconds. Not bad! Meanwhile, the New York Times put Usuain Bolt's olympic record in context, comparing him in a virtual race with other gold medal-winners over the past century (via FlowingData).

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A heuristic enhancement of optimisation algorithm

August 6, 2012
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A heuristic enhancement of optimisation algorithm

The majority of the world’s problem deal with directly or indirectly some kind of optimisation. Instance of optimisation of resources or utility function can be seen our daily life. Here I am talking about standard optimisation problem in statistics, maximum … Continue reading →The post A heuristic enhancement of optimisation algorithm appeared first on Fiddling with...

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Provincial Monthly Rainfall of the Philippines from WORLDCLIM

August 6, 2012
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Provincial Monthly Rainfall of the Philippines from WORLDCLIM

Preparing for a future conference on climate change, I downloaded and extracted average monthly rainfall in the Philippines from worldclim.org. Using maptools, raster, and animation package in R, I produced an animation of average monthly rainfall of t...

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Adventures at My First JSM (Joint Statistical Meetings) #JSM2012

August 6, 2012
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Adventures at My First JSM (Joint Statistical Meetings) #JSM2012

During the past few decades that I have been in graduate school (no, not literally) I have boycotted JSM on the notion that “I am not a statistician.” Ok, I am a renegade statistician, a statistician by training. JSM 2012 was held in San Diego, CA, one of the best places to spend a week during the summer. This...

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Getting started with Sweave & knitr

August 6, 2012
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Getting started with Sweave & knitr

Cool woven artwork on the campus of Kansas University. The image is CC by Patrick Emerson I recently started to work with Sweave (by Friedrich Leisch)...

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