Monthly Archives: March 2013

John Snow’s Cholera data in more formats

March 13, 2013
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John Snow’s Cholera data in more formats

In honour of the bicentenary of John Snow’s birth – and because I was asked to by someone via email – I have now released my digitisation of John Snow’s Cholera data in a few other formats: KML and as Google Fusion Tables. To save you reading my previous blog posts on the subject, I’ll

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Using maps and ggplot2 to visualize college hockey championships

March 13, 2013
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Using maps and ggplot2 to visualize college hockey championships

Short: I plot the frequency of college hockey championships by state using the maps package, and ggplot2 Note: this example is based heavily on the example provided athttp://www.dataincolour.com/2011/07/maps-with-ggplot2/ data reference:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NCAA_Men%27s_Ice_Hockey_Championship Question of interestAs a good Minnesotan, I've believed for quite some time that the colder, Northern states enjoy a competitive advantage when it...

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Webinar tomorrow: 100% R and More

March 13, 2013
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A quick note that I'll be hosting our regularly-scheduled webinar, Revolution R Enterprise, 100% R and More, at 10AM Pacific tomorrow. If you're new to R, or want to learn about the power, scalability and productivity features of Revolution R Enterprise, this is a great place to start. Revolution Analytics webinars: Revolution R Enterprise, 100% R and More

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New package for ensembling R models

March 13, 2013
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New package for ensembling R models

I've written a new R package called caretEnsemble for creating ensembles of caret models in R.  It currently works well for regression models, and I've written some preliminary support for binary classification models. At th...

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R needs some bureaucracy

March 12, 2013
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Writing a program in R is almost bureaucracy free: variables don’t need to be declared, the language does a reasonable job of guessing the type a value might need to be automatically be converted to, there is no need to create a function having a special name that gets called at program startup, the commonly

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Rcpp master class in New York last weekend

March 12, 2013
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On Saturday I had the opportunity to teach another one-day master class on Rcpp. The class had been organized by Jared Lander, and organized very well I might add. The weekend started with a slight disappointment. I had taken Friday off, and hoped t...

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RcppArmadillo 0.3.800.1

March 12, 2013
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Conrad released a first bug-fix release 3.800.1 of Armadillo earlier today. This has been wrapped up in release 0.3.800.1 of RcppArmadillo as usual. This release also contains a very nice function sample() (contributed by Christian Gunning) which p...

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A map of worldwide email traffic, created with R

March 12, 2013
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A map of worldwide email traffic, created with R

The Washing Post reports that by analyzing more than 10 million emails sent through the Yahoo! Mail service in 2012, a team of researchers used the R language to create a map of countries whose citizens email each other most frequently: The chart above shows the top 1000 country-country pairs by email frequency, arranged in a clustered network using...

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Distrust of R

March 12, 2013
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I guess I've been living in a bubble for a bit, but apparently there are a lot of people who still mistrust R. I got asked this week why I used R (and, specifically, the package rpart) to generate classification and regression trees instead of SAS Ente...

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R to Latex packages: Coverage

March 12, 2013
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There are now quite a few R packages to turn cross-tables and fitted models into nicely formatted latex. In a previous post I showed how to use one of them to display regression tables on the fly. In this post I summarise what types of R object each of the major packages can deal with.

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