Monthly Archives: January 2013

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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What’s that “pre- and post-multiply” stuff?

January 5, 2013
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Often in SEM scripts you will see matrices being pre- and post-multiplied by some other matrix. For instance, this figures in scripts computing the genetic correlation between variables. How does pre- and post-multiplying a variance...

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National identification number: Finland part 3

January 5, 2013
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Last part of our short series about the Finnish social security number (Fssn). You can check part 1 here, and part 2 here. This last post we are interested in generating random Fssn's. This has no real world applications. It is just a coding excercis...

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