# Monthly Archives: August 2013

## Delimited file where delimiter clashes with data values

August 1, 2013
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A comma-separated values (CSV) file is a typical way to store tabular/rectangular data. If a data cell contain a comma, then the cell with the commas is typically wrapped with quotes. However, what if a data cell contains a comma … Continued

## Package sqldf eases the multivariable sorting pain

August 1, 2013
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This will be a quick one.  I was trying to sort my dataframe so that it went in ascending order on one variable and descending order on another variable.  This was really REALLY bothersome to try to figure out with … Continue reading →

## Model Scale Parameterization for MCMC Efficiency

August 1, 2013
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$Model Scale Parameterization for MCMC Efficiency$

I recently came across a very interesting paper by Y. Yu and X. Meng who present an interweaving strategy between different model parameterizations to improve mixing. It is well known that different model parameterizations can perform better than others under certain conditions. Papaspiliopoulos, Roberts and Sköld present a general framework for how to parameterize The post Model...

## Statisticians: an endangered species?

August 1, 2013
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by Joseph Rickert Every month I look forward to getting my copy of AMSTATNEWS, the monthly magazine of the American Statistical Association, in the mail. This July, I was both pleased and bemused by ASA President Marie Davidian’s article Aren’t We Data Science?. I was pleased to see a follow up to last month’s article The ASA and Big...

## Using Kickstarter data to predict Ubuntu Edge’s success

August 1, 2013
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Thursday 1 August 2013 - 14:53 Earlier this week we published an article with an analysis of the Ubuntu Edge Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, and the outlook was bleak. Donations had slowed to a crawl, and Canonical's \$32 million goal appeared to be little more than a pipe dream. Yes, readers replied,...

## An example of monkey patching a package

August 1, 2013
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An example of monkey patching a package 2013-07-11 Source Scope This article is about R package development. Motivation In the same spirit that my previous post A dirty hack for importing packages that use Depends , I wanted to use an earlier version of the excellent gdata package in one of my packages, but as an Import instead of...