One great thing about R is that has a wide diversity of packages written by many different people of many different viewpoints on how software should be designed. However, this does tend to bite us periodically. When I teach newcomers about R and...

This article from my other blog may be of interest to readers of this blog: http://seriousstats.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/using-multilevel-models-to-get-accurate-inferences-for-repeated-measures-anova-designs/

A rather dull puzzle this week: Show that, for any integer y, (√3-1)2y+(√3+1)2y is an integer multiple of a power of two. I just have to apply Newton’s binomial theorem to obtain the result. What’s the point?! Filed under: Books, Kids, R Tagged: Binomial theorem, Isaac Newton, Le Monde, mathematical puzzle

Another maintenance release of inline is now on CRAN and in already included in Debian. This release was triggered by a change in the development version of R which removed an argument to package.skeleton(). The complete NEWS entry is below. Chan...

How does overdispersion of infections affect the behavior of the multiple-infection model? I redefine the model to account for overdispersion, assuming the same overdispersion occurs in both age classes. The parameter varies inversely with the degree of overdispersion. Again, the classes are demographically identical, and infection affects mortality but not growth: \[\begin{aligned} \frac{dJ}{dt}...

by Joseph Rickert Quandl.com, the open source website for financial data, made rapid progress earlier this year in becoming an R friendly source for financial time series data. Tammer Kamel, Quandl’s founder introduced the site on Revolutions blog in late February as a “search engine” for numerical data and explained how Quandl’s “Q-bot” can take data from almost any...

It has taken a long time, but cran2deb4ubuntu has been updated for R 3.0.1. Over 1000 R packages are available as .deb files (with dependicies) for Ubutnu 13.04 (raring), 12.10 (quantal) and 12.04 (precise). These packages can be found at the c2d4u PPA. Instructions on how to install the PPA can be found on this...