Monthly Archives: March 2013

A Contest of the Flyer Variety

March 25, 2013
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A Contest of the Flyer Variety

Guess what?! Charlie decided to institute another round of the epic Flyer Contest! Here’s how it works in 5 easy steps… Print out one of the two flyers below (or this link: here) Post it somewhere public. Examples include: a message board in your department, at your local comic shop, on your mom’s fridge, or

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Significant P-Values and Overlapping Confidence Intervals

March 25, 2013
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Significant P-Values and Overlapping Confidence Intervals

There are all sorts of problems with p-values and confidence intervals and I have no intention (or the time) to cover all those problems right now.  However, a big problem is that most people have no idea what p-values really mean. Here is one example of a common problem with p-values and how it relates

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R – Defining Your Own Color schemes for HeatMaps

March 25, 2013
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R – Defining Your Own Color schemes for HeatMaps

This post is intended at those who are beginners at R, and is inspired by a small post in Martin's bioblog.First, we plot a "correlation heatmap" using the same logic that Martin uses. In our example, let's use the Movies dataset that comes with ggplot...

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Computing Maritime Routes in R

March 25, 2013
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Computing Maritime Routes in R

Thanks to the attention my paper on the cost of Somali piracy has received, a lot of people have approached me to ask how I computed the maritime routes. It is not a very difficult task using R. The key ingredient is a map of the world, that can be rasterized into a grid; all

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Massive online data stream mining with R

Massive online data stream mining with R

A few weeks ago, the stream package has been released on CRAN. It allows to do real time analytics on data streams. This can be very usefull if you are working with large datasets which are already hard to put in RAM completely, let alone to build some statistical model on it without getting into RAM problems. Most of...

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Ordinal data with JAGS

March 25, 2013
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Last week is had a look at the standard R routines for estimating models for ordinal data. This week, I want to have a look at JAGS for examining the same data. To be honest, most of it is taking an example (inhaler) and removing code. To my surpr...

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Podcast #6: Data Analysis MOOC Post-mortem

March 25, 2013
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Jeff and I talk about Jeff's recently completed MOOC on Data Analysis.

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Revolution Newsletter: March 2013

March 25, 2013
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The most recent edition of the Revolution Newsletter is out. The news section is below, and you can read the full March edition (with highlights from this blog and community events) online. You can subscribe to the Revolution Newsletter to get it monthly via email. Get Results Fast with our Quick Start Programs: Need help getting value from predictive...

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Model assessment (and predictions for RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5, Episode 9)

March 25, 2013
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Model assessment (and predictions for RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5, Episode 9)

Last week, Alaska took it home with her dangerous performance, while Ivy Winters was sent home after going up against Alyssa Edwards. This is sad on many fronts. First, I love me some Ivy Winters. Second, Jinkx had revealed that she had a crush on Ivy, and the relationship that may have flourished between the… Continue reading →

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Simpler R help tooltips

March 25, 2013
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I posted yesterday about R Help tooltips. I have started to use them e.g. on the graph gallery However, I’m quickly frustrated with having to write the full url, i.e if I want to add a link to the help … Continue reading →

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