Monthly Archives: January 2013

What Are Your Favorite Methodology and Statistics Blogs?

January 6, 2013
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I recently searched for a list of the "top statistics blogs" or the "top methodology blogs" and I couldn't find a recent compilation. This contrasts with visualization blogs, which are relatively easily to find (e.g. top visualization blogs). I've decided to initiate the provision of this public good, but would like to draw on others'

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source_GitHubData: a simple function for downloading data from GitHub into R

January 6, 2013
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Update 31 January: I've folded source_GitHubData into the repmis packaged. See this post. Update 7 January 2012: I updated the internal workings of source_GitHubData so that it now relies on httr rather than RCurl. Also it is more directly descended ...

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Sequential testing in a triangle test setting

January 6, 2013
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It is well known the binomial test never has an error of exactly 5%. You aim for at most 5%, calculate the number correct to get there and end up with an error of e.g 2%. This is a shame but there is no solution. However, it is also an opportunity; the...

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tolower() – error catching unmappable characters

January 6, 2013
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tolower() – error catching unmappable characters

The tolower() function returns an error where it can’t map to the Unicode character set of the input data – a common occurrence when analysing social media data with emoticons. Emoticons are those symbols that are commonly used on mobile phones but aren’t always recognised on all platforms. For example, when converting tweets to @delta

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Performance Benchmark of Running Sum Functions

January 6, 2013
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First, let us consider a running sum function in pure R. To get started, I looked at the source code of the TTR package to see the algorithm used in runSum. The runSum function uses a Fortran routine to compute the running/rolling sum of a vector. The ...

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Using the Rcpp Timer

January 6, 2013
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Sine the 0.10.2 release, Rcpp contains an internal class Timer which can be used for fine-grained benchmarking. Romain motivated Timer in a post to the mailing * list where Timer is used to measure the different components of the costs of random number...

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The statistics software signal

January 5, 2013
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Tyler Cowen links to a post by Sean Taylor, who writes the following about users of R: You are willing to invest in learning something difficult. You do not care about aesthetics, only availability of packages and getting results quickly. To me, R is easy and Sas is difficult. I once worked with some students The post The...

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R/Finance 2013 Call for Papers

January 5, 2013
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R/Finance 2013 Call for Papers

It’s that time of year again – we’ve just posted our Call for Papers for the R/Finance 2013 conference, which focuses on applied finance using R. This is our fifth annual conference, again organized by a group of R package authors and community contributors and hosted by the International Center for Futures and Derivatives (ICFD)

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Monotonic deshrinking in weighted averaging models

January 5, 2013
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Monotonic deshrinking in weighted averaging models

Weighted averaging regression and calibration is the most widely used method for developing a palaeolimnological transfer function. Such models are used to reconstruct properties of the past lake environment such as pH, total phosphorus, and water temperature with, it has … Continue reading →

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Infinite generators in R

January 5, 2013
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Infinite generators in R

This is first in a series of posts about creating simulations in R. As a foundational discussion, I first look …Continue reading »

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