Monthly Archives: October 2012

Review: Kölner R Meeting 5 October 2012

October 10, 2012
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Review: Kölner R Meeting 5 October 2012

The third Cologne R user meeting took place last Friday, 5 October 2012, at the Institute of Sociology. The evening was sponsored by Revolution Analytics, who provided funding which went towards the Kölner R user group Meetup page. We had a good tur...

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Exploring phylogenetic tree balance metrics

October 10, 2012
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Exploring phylogenetic tree balance metrics

I need to simulate balanced and unbalanced phylogenetic trees for some research I am doing. In order to do this, I do rejection sampling: simulate a tree -> measure tree shape -> reject if not balanced or unbalanced enough. But what is enough? We ne...

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Making Color Ramps in Matlab

October 9, 2012
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When visualizing an array of data in a heatmap, a good color map makes a world of difference.Thanks to my work in 'omics (i.e. transcriptomics - microarrays and RNASeq) I've looked at a lot of heatmaps over the past couple of years, and generated quite...

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A brief script on Geographical data analysis in R

A brief script on Geographical data analysis in R

I saw this post and I decided to replicated that good example but with data closer to me, particulary data of my country. So, I've got the shape data of the capital of my country (You can download the data from here). The data comes from the 2002 CENSO...

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Permanent Portfolio – Transaction Cost and better Risk Parity

October 9, 2012
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Permanent Portfolio – Transaction Cost and better Risk Parity

I want to address comments that were asked in my last post, Permanent Portfolio – Simple Tools, about Permanent Portfolio strategy. Specifically: The impact of transaction costs on the perfromance and Create a modified version of risk allocation portfolio that distributes weights across 3 asset classes: stocks(SPY), gold(GLD), and treasuries(TLT), and only invests into cash(SHY)

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Revised graph for BAC 1% cash rewards

October 9, 2012
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Revised graph for BAC 1% cash rewards

Thanks to Anthony Damico who alerted me to an error in the Bank of America's 1% cash rewards figure in my last post. The plot shows the true reward percentage as a function of purchase amount. A key "feature" of the BoA reward program is that the full 1% is only awarded for purchases in

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Age-Period-Cohort models and the decline of violence

October 9, 2012
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Age-Period-Cohort models and the decline of violence

Ever since the end of the Mexican Revolution and the Cristero War violence in Mexico inched down in fits and starts from a high of about 60 homicides per 100,000 people to its lowest level sometime during the middle of the last decade (there's some uncertainty about the number of homicides in...

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R User Group Sponsorship: Applications open for 2013

October 9, 2012
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Here at Revolution Analytics, we're proud to have been a part of fostering local user groups for R users around the world. Last year we sponsored more than 40 groups, with representation from every continent around the world. And we're thrilled to see the continued growth in user groups: this time last year there about 50 R user groups;...

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Git Error when pushing with a large file

October 9, 2012
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Quick Note: I had an error recently where RStudio nor EGit nor the command line would push my repo to github.  I can't remember the exact error, although after some googling I found this SO answer that solved it git config http.postBuffer 52428800...

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Error Handling in R

October 9, 2012
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Error Handling in R

It’s often the case that I want to write an R script that loops over multiple datasets, or different subsets of a large dataset, running the same procedure over them: generating plots, or fitting a model, perhaps. I set the script running and turn to another task, only to come back later and find the Related posts:

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