# Monthly Archives: January 2013

## 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...

## R/Finance 2013 Call for Papers

January 5, 2013
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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)

## 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 →

## Infinite generators in R

January 5, 2013
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This is first in a series of posts about creating simulations in R. As a foundational discussion, I first look …Continue reading »

## 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...

## 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...

## National identification number: Finland part2

January 5, 2013
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Continuing our theme from last time. The Finnish social security number (FSSn) has the form xxxxxxyzzzq, where the check digit is q. If you want to check if the FSSn is real the check digit is matched to the remainder of xxxxxxzzz / 31. The check di...

## Calling R Functions from C++

January 5, 2013
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At its very essence, Rcpp permits easy access to native R objects at the C++ level. R objects can be simple vectors, list or matrices; compound data structures created from these; objects of S3, S4 or Reference Class vintage; or language objects a...

## Find Out Available Usernames with R

January 5, 2013
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Update on 2013/01/05: Xiao Nan in the comments pointed out that apply(combn(letters, 2), 2, paste0, collapse = '') was wrong for all two-letter usernames, and indeed it was. It is not a combination problem. Now I use his elegant outer() solution. One can also use expand.grid(letters, letters). Github decided to take off their downloads service, and I was very...