Monthly Archives: July 2013

Priors

July 16, 2013
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Nick Firoozye writes: While I am absolutely sympathetic to the Bayesian agenda I am often troubled by the requirement of having priors. We must have priors on the parameter of an infinite number of model we have never seen before and I find this troubling. There is a similarly troubling problem in economics of utility The post Priors...

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ngramr – an R package for Google Ngrams

July 16, 2013
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ngramr – an R package for Google Ngrams

The recent post How common are common words? made use of unusually explicit language for the Stubborn Mule. As expected, a number of email subscribers reported that the post fell foul of their email filters. Here I will return to the topic of n-grams, while keeping the language cleaner, and describe the R package I developed

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The State of namingConventions in R

July 16, 2013
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The State of namingConventions in R

Tuesday 16 July 2013 - 11:14 Last week's 2013 useR! conference was filled to the brim with informative talks, but hands down the crown for most entertaining talk goes to Rasmus Bååth's State of Naming Conventions in R presentation. Rasmus' lighthearted talk leveraged the strongest common bond among R...

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The State of namingConventions in R

July 16, 2013
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The State of namingConventions in R

(This article was first published on Open Analytics - Blog, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) Tuesday 16 July 2013 – 11:14 Last week’s 2013 useR! conference was filled to the brim with informative talks, but hands down the crown for most entertaining talk goes to Rasmus Bååth’s State of Naming Conventions in R presentation. Rasmus’ lighthearted talk leveraged the...

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Quick review: R in Insurance Conference

July 16, 2013
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Quick review: R in Insurance Conference

Yesterday the first R in Insurance conference took place at Cass Business School in London. I think the event went really well, but as a member of the organising committee my view is probably skewed. Still, we had a variety of talks, a full house, a gr...

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Revolution Newsletter: July 2013

July 15, 2013
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The most recent edition of the Revolution Newsletter came out a couple of weeks ago. In case you missed it, the news section is below, and you can read the full July edition (with highlights from this blog and community events) online. You can subscribe to the Revolution Newsletter to get it monthly via email. Let’s Be Quick About...

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RProtoBuf 0.3.0

July 15, 2013
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A new release of RProtoBuf -- now at version 0.3.0 -- arrived earlier on CRAN. RProtoBuf provides GNU R bindings for the Google Protobuf data encoding library used and released by Google. Murray added a lot of new features which merited the incre...

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Getting Started with Reproducible Research: A chapter from my new book

July 15, 2013
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Getting Started with Reproducible Research: A chapter from my new book

(This article was first published on Christopher Gandrud (간드루드 크리스토파), and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) This is an abridged excerpt from Chapter 2 of my new book Reproducible Research with R and RStudio. It’s published by Chapman & Hall/CRC Press. You can purchase it on Amazon. “Search inside this book” includes a complete table of contents. Researchers often start...

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Interestingly: the sentence adverbs of PubMed Central

July 15, 2013
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Interestingly: the sentence adverbs of PubMed Central

Scientific writing – by which I mean journal articles – is a strange business, full of arcane rules and conventions with origins that no-one remembers but to which everyone adheres. I’ve always been amused by one particular convention: the sentence adverb. Used with a comma to make a point at the start of a sentence,

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Creating publication quality graphics using R

July 15, 2013
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Creating publication quality graphics using R

As part of a one-day workshop, I have developped an online tutorial on how to create publication quality graphics using R (from an academic point of view). The tutorial can

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