Monthly Archives: January 2013

Twitter Roundup, January 4 2013

January 4, 2013
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I've said it before: Twitter makes me a lazy blogger. Lots of stuff came across my radar this week that didn't make it into a full blog post. Here's a quick recap:PLOS Computational Biology: Chapter 1: Biomedical Knowledge IntegrationAssuring the quali...

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Armadillo eigenvalues

January 4, 2013
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Today a (slightly confused) question on StackOverflow wondered how to access R’s facilities for eigenvalues calculations from C code. For this, we need to step back and consider how this is done. In fact, R farms the calculation out to the BLAS....

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Function for Generating LaTeX Tables with Decimal Aligned Numbers

January 4, 2013
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Function for Generating LaTeX Tables with Decimal Aligned Numbers

The xtable package is tremendously useful for generating LaTeX tables from data frames. It is also pretty easy to customize the output to handle some special cases of LaTeX formatting. The xtable.decimal function will create a LaTeX table where numeric columns will be vertically aligned on the decimal point. In addition to specifying the LaTeX alignment code it...

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A new version of analogue for a new year

January 4, 2013
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Yesterday I rolled up a new version (0.10-0) of analogue, my R package for analysing palaeoecological data. It is now available from CRAN. There were lots of incremental changes to Stratiplot() to improve the quality of the stratigraphic diagrams produced and fix several annoying bugs. Also the definition of the standard error of MAT reconstructions was fixed; it...

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R in 2012: Shamelessly Stealing the New Years’ Python Meme

January 3, 2013
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R in 2012: Shamelessly Stealing the New Years’ Python Meme

In a previous post I reviewed my interactions with Python the programming language and the community following the New Years’ Python Meme that’s making the rounds on Twitter and the like. And now, I’m shamelessly stealing it to look at how I used R in 2012. I figure I should probably let the #2012pythonmeme stay Python-only,

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Tooltips with R and jQuery

January 3, 2013
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Tooltips with R and jQuery

Tooltips appear frequently in webpages, usually associated with JavaScript code. There are several Javascript scripts and libraries to populate your …Continuar leyendo »

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Initialize yourself

January 3, 2013
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(This article was first published on Just Another R Blog, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) To leave a comment for the author, please follow the link and comment on his blog: Just Another R Blog. R-bloggers.com offers daily e-mail updates about R news and tutorials on topics such as: visualization (ggplot2, Boxplots, maps, animation), programming (RStudio, Sweave, LaTeX, SQL,...

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Computers are Machines

January 3, 2013
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When people try out Julia for the first time, many of them are worried by the following example: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 julia> factorial(n) = n == 0 ? 1 : n * factorial(n - 1)   julia> factorial(20) 2432902008176640000   julia> factorial(21) -4249290049419214848 If you’re not familiar with computer architecture, this

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What your choice of statistics software says about you

January 3, 2013
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Sean Taylor, a PhD candidate in Information Systems at NYU’s Stern School of Business, describes the "Statistics Software Signal" and his observation that some software packages are correlated with bad science. While, I don't agree with all of his points (some fine analyses have been done with Stata, for example), I thought this was an interesting take on the...

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Accessing environments

January 3, 2013
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Extending R with C++ code by using Rcpp typically involves function calls by leveraging the existing .Call() interface of the R API. Passing values back and forth is then done in manner similar to programming with functions. However, on occassion it i...

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