Monthly Archives: May 2013

useR! 2013 conference update

May 27, 2013
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Been trying to reach the website for the useR! 2013, the R user conference that will be held July 10-12 2013 at University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain? There have been some server problems recently, but you can now get access at the official URL, www.r-project.org/useR-2013/. If you're going, be sure to check out the newly-announced Data Analysis Contest,...

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Log Transformations for Skewed and Wide Distributions

May 27, 2013
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Log Transformations for Skewed and Wide Distributions

This is a guest article by Nina Zumel and John Mount, authors of the new book Practical Data Science with R. For readers of this blog, there is a 50% discount off the “Practical Data Science with R” book, simply by using the code pdswrblo when reaching checkout (until …Read more »

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Combinatorial optimization with gaoptim package

May 27, 2013
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My recent update of gaoptim package brings up a new function, GAPerm, which can be used to perform combinatorial optimization using the Genetic Algorithm approach. The example below solves a TSP instance with 10 points around a circumference, the...

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R / Finance 2013 Recap — and Presentation Slides

The fifth internation R/Finance conference was held last weekend. As one of the founding co-organizers, I may well be accussed of a little bias, but we think we once again pulled off a very nice and successful weekend-long event. Participants had ki...

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Creating a presence-absence raster from point data

May 27, 2013
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Creating a presence-absence raster from point data

I’m working on generating species distribution models at the moment for a few hundred species. Which means that I’m trying to automate as many steps as possible in R to avoid having to click buttons hundreds of times in ArcView. … Continue reading →

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BISON USGS species occurrence data

May 27, 2013
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BISON USGS species occurrence data

The USGS recently released a way to search for and get species occurrence records for the USA. The service is called BISON (Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation). The service has a web interface for human interaction in a browser, and two APIs (application programming interface) to allow machines to interact with their database. One of the...

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BISON USGS species occurrence data

May 27, 2013
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BISON USGS species occurrence data

The USGS recently released a way to search for and get species occurrence records for the USA. The service is called BISON (Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation). The service has a web interface for human interaction in a browser, and two APIs (application programming interface) to allow machines to interact with their database. One of the...

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Import All Text Files in A Folder with Parallel Execution

May 26, 2013
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Import All Text Files in A Folder with Parallel Execution

Sometimes, we might need to import all files, e.g. *.txt, with the same data layout in a folder without knowing each file name and then combine all pieces together. With the old method, we can use lapply() and do.call() functions to accomplish the task. However, when there are a large number of such files and

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Logging Data in R Loops: Applied to Twitter.

May 26, 2013
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A problem that many users face in R is storing the output from loop operations. In the case of Twitter, we may be requesting the last specified number of Tweets from a number of Twitter users. Several methods exist for … Continue reading →

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Pairwise distances in R

May 26, 2013
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Pairwise distances in R

For a recent project I needed to calculate the pairwise distances of a set of observations to a set of cluster centers. In MATLAB you can use the pdist function for this. As far as I know, there is no equivalent in the R standard packages. So I looked into writing a fast implementation for

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