Monthly Archives: February 2013

Installing Pandoc from R (on Windows) – using the {installr} package

February 27, 2013
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Installing Pandoc from R (on Windows) – using the {installr} package

The R blogger Rolf Fredheim has recently wrote a great piece called “Reproducible research with R, Knitr, Pandoc and Word“, where he advocates for Pandoc as an essential part of reproducible research workflow in R, in helping to turn documents …Read more »

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Whats new in rugarch (ver 1.01-5)

February 27, 2013
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Whats new in rugarch (ver 1.01-5)

Since the last release of rugarch on CRAN (ver 1.0-16), there have been many changes and new features in the development version of the package (ver 1.01-5). First, development of the package (and svn) has been moved to google code from r-forge. Second, the package now features exclusive use of xts based time series for

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Whats new in rugarch (ver 1.01-5)

February 27, 2013
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Whats new in rugarch (ver 1.01-5)

Since the last release of rugarch on CRAN (ver 1.0-16), there have been many changes and new features in the development version of the package (ver 1.01-5). First, development of the package (and svn) has been moved to google code from r-forge. Second, the package now features exclusive use of xts based time series for

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Fast factor generation with Rcpp

February 27, 2013
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Fast factor generation with Rcpp

Recall that factors are really just integer vectors with ‘levels’, i.e., character labels that get mapped to each integer in the vector. How can we take an arbitrary character, integer, numeric, or logical vector and coerce it to a factor with Rcpp? It’s actually quite easy with Rcpp sugar: #include <Rcpp.h> using namespace Rcpp; template <int RTYPE> IntegerVector fast_factor_template( const Vector<RTYPE>& x )...

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Fast factor generation with Rcpp

February 27, 2013
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Fast factor generation with Rcpp

Recall that factors are really just integer vectors with ‘levels’, i.e., character labels that get mapped to each integer in the vector. How can we take an arbitrary character, integer, numeric, or logical vector and coerce it to a factor with Rcpp? It’s actually quite easy with Rcpp sugar: #include <Rcpp.h> using namespace Rcpp; template <int RTYPE> IntegerVector fast_factor_template( const Vector<RTYPE>& x )...

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How to make a scientific result disappear

February 27, 2013
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How to make a scientific result disappear

Nathan Danneman (a co-author and one of my graduate students from Emory) recently sent me a New Yorker article from 2010 about the “decline effect,” the tendency for initially promising scientific results to get smaller upon replication. Wikipedia can summarize the phenomenon as well as I can: In his article, Lehrer gives several examples where

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New R Workshop in the Bay Area

February 26, 2013
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New R Workshop in the Bay Area

Practical Data Visualization with R Saturday March 9th, 2013 8:30-5:00pm EBay 2161 North 1st Street San Jose, California I will be presenting a one day professional development workshop on modern data visualization with R, sponsored by the ACM San Francisco Bay … Continue reading →

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New ways to Hadoop with R

February 26, 2013
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Today, there are two main ways to use Hadoop with R and big data: 1. Use the open-source rmr package to write map-reduce tasks in R (running within the Hadoop cluster - great for data distillation!) 2. Import data from Hadoop to a server running Revolution R Enterprise, via Hbase, ODBC (for high-performance Hadoop/SQL interfaces), or streaming data direct...

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Stop Sign Project Post1: Some GIS stuff done in R

February 26, 2013
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(This article was first published on bRogramming, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) To leave a comment for the author, please follow the link and comment on his blog: bRogramming. 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, Eclipse, git, hadoop, Web Scraping) statistics...

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Job for life ? Bishop of Rome ?

February 26, 2013
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Job for life ? Bishop of Rome ?

The job of Bishop of Rome – i.e. the Pope – is considered to be a life-long commitment. I mean, it usually was. There have been 266 popes since 32 A.D. (according to http://oce.catholic.com/…): almost all popes have served until their death. But that does not mean that they were in the job for long… One can easily extract...

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